Colby Pender wrote:
..... But even given all this (which I'm assuming is pretty basic learning, nothing fancy in it), why do you think so many people still refer to locking and pinning as pain submission?
Because they're painful.
And because in other systems, like Lacoste Inosanto Kali, joint locks and pins are used for submissions.
Oddly enough, a few weeks ago, one of our sempais (who's also a newly minted shodan somewhere between Upstate New York and the dojo in Ashland Oregon where he'll be an uchi deischi) explained the Aikdio theory of joint locking as described above within the context of nikkyo. When he stopped thinking about the lock as pain and focused on controling my center, that made the lock WORSE. It felt like a welder's arc was being driven through my wrist!
Just food for thought.