Stuart Caue wrote:
..... In aikido you just pretend to throw and hold the other guy down on the floor ....
Nope, no pretending involved. If you'd been on the business end of one of those joint locks, you'd know they can hurt like the dickens (especially nikkyo), and that's why you go with it.
In Serak, there's a move that's very similar to nikkyo -- it just doesn't go to the final position in keiza. So one night, I did it. If it had been "fake," my partner would have looked at me funny and shrugged it off. Know what happened? He tapped out right away and asked, "What did you do to me!?"
Nope, no pretending involved. Try it. You'll see.