Re: Poll: Is inducing physical pain in others necessary in getting better at aikido?
I voted yes because causing pain in joint locks and nerve hits like yonkyo is a basic part of what we do. We don't enjoy it and we don't do it indiscriminately, but there it is. I have undergone a lot of sloppy locks from aikidoka over the years, people just going through the motions. So I really appreciate a training partner who can cause me pain and vice versa, so that we skirt the edge of each other's vulnerability; there's a real connection there, and respect. Its an important part of what I understand aikido to be.