Deb Fisher wrote:
This is a better orientation for learning and exploring - similar to the way I approach a technique. I had no idea I was putting attacks in a different category mentally, which is interesting. I think I assumed that they are just to be 'done'... hmmm.
I am glad I could be helpful in any way. Thank you for the compliment.
I think we look at Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, or boxing as adjuncts to our training because they are largely focused on attacking people to gain victory. In other words, people think they have to "cross-train" in order to be an effective attacker. Maybe it stems from the idea that most people think there are no attacks in aikido (or that stylized attacks have to inherent power), and that uke is a kind of throw toy. The uke in our dojo are just as important as the tori; they are both necessary to practice waza. The uke's "technique" consists of attacking and ukemi. Regardless of what role I take, I am still practicing aikido, and I pay as much attention to giving correct attacks as I do to performing "kotegaeshi" for example. Aikido is not a one way street.