|Originally posted by Saku
To a question
"What is the difference between an Aikido club and a dance club? "
In dancing both partners try to co-operate i.e. one leads and the other one tries to follow. The force (or ki if you will) for leading comes from the one leading. In aikido however the other party does not know "how to dance" and "is not willing or capable to learn how to dance" and also the force for leading comes from the attacker, not from the one leading.
So I guess in a dance club in the beginning if / when your partner cannot dance, I would say that there is not much of a difference between dancing and aikido. But further on the difference is obvious.
Oddly enough, I actually go to dance classes with a couple of people from my aiki dojo, and the stuff you get from aiki translates extremely well to the dance floor. Maintaining the connection that allows communication between dance partners is so much like giving good ukemi its not funny.
The ki, if you like, most certainly does not come from only the leading partner. He is the ideas man, and the one that has to transmit the specific movement, but if his partner is floppy, giving no dynamic tension the message goes west and no dancing is done.
The main difference between dancing and Aikido, at least the way I do it is that if the Nage gets Aikido wrong, Uke doesn't fall over, tap or whatever. If Man gets dance wrong Woman gets irritable. Uke not falling over is easier to spot and correct