“Aikido is a defensive martial art. That is pretty much accepted by all. In fact, if we suggest to an aikidoka that they should attack someone using their aikido skills the concept simply doesn’t make sense. Aikido has no attacking moves as such, and we use our opponent’s force in the execution of our techniques.
During training, as long as the uke (person who take the fall) takes on the role as an attacker and continues to provide attacking force the techniques come readily. However, what also can happen is that the uke will transition into a ‘defensive’ mode and will no longer attack, but try to stop the technique from being performed.
This is perfectly natural, as we all wish to protect ourselves and sometimes resisting the technique seems like the best way to keep our self safe. What usually happens in training is that the nage (person throwing) continues to perform the technique to completion and hence a struggle ensues. This is something we want to avoid during training as this is where most injuries occur.”
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