Re: Poll: Who determines the outcome of a technique in aikido?
I disagree...the question is answerable and shouldn't be ambiguous.
Shite makes the choices based upon the balance and timing of shite and uke together. Yes...it takes two people to make a technique, but that technique is guided and controlled by shite (or should be) right from the beginning.
Mary's point about the more experienced person controlling the outcome is very valid. But in this case my argument would be that even if they are in the uke's role while controlling the outcome they are actually doing the technique...therefore being shite. It's just that their choice is to fall or to be pinned or whatever.