Nathan Richmond wrote:
If striking is 90% of Aikido am I missing something? So far in my Aikido practices and research there is very little striking involved.
No. It's rarely practiced as striking per se. You learn to move your body as a whole, and to be co-ordinated. The blows in question are applied to pressure points. Rather than actually strike, the blow is merely "illustrated." The idea is that a strike to a pressure point with the weight of your body behind it will be devastating and provide an opening to apply any technique you'd like easily.