Eric LeCarde wrote:
For people wondering why I posted, I was initially curious if there were forms of aikido that focued more on making less contect and more evasion. I'm somewhat of a beginner, so this was a question about aikido and different styles.
Sure there are "no touch" throws in Aikido. The founder Morihei Ueshiba was pretty good at them in his later years
Unfortunately it takes a lot of time and a lot of training in the more physical stuff before you can do these throws. For most of us there are no short cuts or ways around it. It's not different styles, it's different lengths of time training in Aikido that give you the ability to train that way.
However, basic avoidance of any attack is something you can practise. One exercise I have done is to continuously evade an attacker or several attackers by moving and stepping away from them and around them. This improves your awareness, timing, movement and posture. As there is no throwing involved you just have to hope they get tired before you do, or they will keep attacking! At higher levels it is possible to lead your attacker to the floor without making physical contact. This requires a great degree of control over your own timing, blending and movement.
IMHO you can learn to do this, but you will require sensitive instruction and training partners to achieve it. Talk to your sensei. Don't give up!