“Atemi and kuzushi MUST be part of the flow and not separate or gratuitous. There is no time. Your “decisionary preparation,” must occur in the dojo by drilling the basics with, as O’Sensei would put it, “Honest attack and honest defence,” until the core basics become preconditioned responses that function naturally, not contrived..”
In the time it takes to say, “observe,” “orient,” “decide” and “act,” a real fight will be over and you could well be under.
Jet fighters have different distances and manoeuvres than human bodies engaged in mano a mano survival combat. Try this instead:
Notice, (all the time zanshin)
Intercept, (shortest path)
Enter, (closing the gap and also atemi)
Pivot, (captures flow to kusushi)
N.I.E.P. …and the obvious followup kihon waza, basic technique will reveal itself by itself because of the attack.
Start slowly in training and keep it safe, but in times of true need any speed is possible.
“What’s the difference?,” you may ask.
Decision is the difference. Decisions take calculation and time to process that on the ground you do not have.
Also atemi and kuzushi MUST be part of the flow and not separate or gratuitous. There is no time.
Your “decisionary preparation,” must occur in the dojo by drilling the basics with, as O’Sensei would put it, “Honest attack and honest defence,” until these core basics become preconditioned responses that function naturally, not contrived. All bujutsu, to function, must adhere to this.
In aiki combat it is the attacker who expends energy and mind in deciding the attack, and the preconditioned response template properly underwritten by N.I.E.P. will do do the rest. You do not argue with the attacker’s attack strategy decision, but accommodate it instantly. That’s the difference between Aikido and fighting as such. I once caught an angry taipan snake that jumped out at me from a sugar cane field. I was not very skilled in those days and the only thing I could think of at high speed was to lead its head to its body and make it bite itself, before throwing it away.
Later, when I learned Aikido I immediately identified a similarity in the modus operandi.
Without Noticing followed by Interception immediately Entering and then instantly Pivoting, no Aikido can take place that is authentic and not choreographed or faked.
Real Aikido is irresistible and the attacker is defeated by his own toxins of mind, body and action. Very energy economical. Asymmetrical? Indeed. Let the attacker waste his resources in defeating himself. Simply get out of the way whilst you agree.
That’s it. A short article. Practice and you can instruct me otherwise if I missed something.
OODA is for Fighter Planes. N.I.E.P. is for functional Aikijutsu.