Re: YouTube: Aikido Demonstration w/Mazhar Dardari
The thing about demos and much (not all) aikido practice is that uke is usually only in attack mode - not "attack but don't get nailed doing it" mode.
Is it true that just before the first bell in a boxing match, the ref's instructions include "... and protect yourself at all times..." or something like that?
We attack with "shomen" for example (name a movement) and don't do follow-up strikes. Feints? So, the person doing the demo gets to look very good, because he or she knows that the attacker is going to do the "set" attack, and isn't (in a practice situation) going to be doing back-up attacks, and isn't going to be hiding the main attack with distractions.
But what the heck - I'm going to turn up to practice this afternoon - not only is there SOME potential that it may save my bacon, but it satisfies some of the other needs - a bit of vertigo, a bit of asceticism, a bit of elevated heart rate, a bit of flexibility, a bit of confusion - all of which also contribute to saving my bacon - or - at least to prolonging my time "vertical" instead of "ashes"...