John Boswell wrote:
You're lack of agression probably stems from the fact that you know... you're about to have your butt slammed to the mat!
This reminds me of an incident which I recall so well it feels as if it had happened yesterday -- I suspect it has something to do with the fact that it DID happen yesterday...
At the end of our class our sensei talked about the importance of perseverance in aikido training, about how eventually we will progress from the 'stepped' or 'blocky' forms into smooth, flowing techniques, all that stuff. Then he decided to demonstrate his point with some technique variations. He also decided that I should be the one getting the punishment...
So there we are, in front of the rest of the class, and sensei asks me to throw a straight punch at his face. (Actually he asked for a men tsuki, which confused me a bit since, having trained aikido for less than two months, I hadn't a clue what that meant.
) With full intent, without expecting the technique, I throw my fist at him, and a blurry second later I find myself on the mat wondering what had just happened. Whee!
Then another one. A blurry split-second later his hand is grasping my throat and pushing me to the ground. Another attempted-punch-in-the-face later I'm in some sort of an elbow lock, slapping my chest in submission...
For me it was quite an effective lesson on aikido's power. For the rest of the class seeing me fly around helplessly was probably better entertainment than anything seen on TV.