Re: Useless Techniques? Anyone?
Techniques have two sides: form and application. Form is always usefull because it enables application. Some applications are less effective than others: that depends on the circumstances.
To me no technique is useless. Somehow somewhere they will serve a purpose. There is so much going on in Aikido (physically, mentally, tactically strategically etcetera). that you can learn from just about everything. Even stuff outside of Aikido can be useful. Whatever helps is useful.
I once had a student who had trouble making a good Yokomenuchi and Shomenuchi strikes. I asked him to go home and hunt some flies with a flight swatter. His strikes improved.