Re: Poll: Is inducing physical pain in others necessary in getting better at aikido?
I think it's important to distinguish between discomfort and pain. I expect discomfort in Aikido; it doesn't feel good, and I don't want to fight it because it could become pain if I fight it, but I'm not hurt, either. Pain, for me, is the point where discomfort becomes dehabilitating; I can not fight it, I can not work through it, and I just want it to stop. Pain is the point where I get injured.
I think that it's inevitable, and even necessary, that a person will experience discomfort in Aikido, and will cause it in others. It enhances understanding of why a technique works.
There are occasions when pain in likely, when a person starts to gain speed, and is adjusting for the speed.
But I do not think that pain is necessary.