Re: Poll: Would initiating a technique as nage go against your own aikido philosophy?
Who responded 'yes'?
Sensetivity to the situation (zanshin?) I think is the most important aspect of aikido. Who initiates is maybe a philosophical question i.e. I think nage initiates the attack when uke shows intent. However even then, it doesn't necessarily have to be a strike, just contact. I think problems arise when nage is waiting for an attack and uke has intent and is closing the distance between them but has not yet struck - this is where nage's intiation should be most obvious.