Re: Poll: Who determines the outcome of a technique in aikido?
Nage blends with uke, not the other way around, so surely uke determines the outcome?! (By outcome I mean the type of response rather than success).
I think with BEGINNERS the more skilled person determines the outcome, whilst with advanced practitioners uke determines the type of response.
I remember I was having problems with students 'jumping' when I was tryng to do a technique on them and a senior instructor told me something very useful - you just have to work with what they give you. Therefore, if people jump now I let them, and don't try to physically stop them of force them down harder.
Based on his quotes I would say Ueshiba didn't believe that he himself decided the outcome of the altercation:
"Whenever I am attacked, I have no attachment to life or death. I leave everything as it is to the spirit of the universe. Be apart from attachment to life and death and have a mind that leaves everything to that spirit, not only when you are being attacked but also in your daily lives."
Can we really be like that if we are 'determining' the outcome?