Re: Poll: Would initiating a technique as nage go against your own aikido philosophy?
There is a similar philosophy in iaido to what George says above. The thought is that there are three levels of proficiency. At the first stage, you are merely responding to a stimulus. In the second stage you are reading the intent and responding simultaneously. By the third stage, you cause (via demeanor, body language, etc.) tekki to attack (or not) in the way you want him/her to attack.
That's the theory, at least. Some day I might be capable of it, too.