Paula Lydon wrote:
I think I'm focusing on movement/blending and flowing with my partner, they take a shot at me and tell me I'm open....So then I go back to training in a very martial head and someone else says, 'chill, just relax and move; you're acting like you on a battlefield and it's just the dojo'....Hmmmmm...What do you do?
Smack 'em until I get so good that even when I don't, they still can't get me. I think the bottom line in aikido spirituality is first it's gotta work.
Was watching an old video of Saotome doing a demonstration randori about 30 years ago, very martial, much ATEMI. The guy I was watching it with recalled a spontaneous demo Saotome did a couple of years ago in Orlando following DAN testing. His UKE--three big guys, trying to get him--went at him, and he just walked among them unruffled. They looked panicked, and he looked like he was walking in the park. With evidence like that, who needs faith?