This post started with me working on a piece about 'crashing' in. I've touched on this in previous posts about how to crash into a person when you are unexpectedly attacked. This crashing in reduces your chance of injury and increases your chances of inflicting damage or shock, and unbalancing your attacker. In that vein, I was thinking about how to improve this stage, this 'crashing in' using your whole body. I got thinking about whole body power.
The following Aikido video was featured in the post:
Watching the video, I'm reminded of my own bad habits of sometimes reverting to trying to use strength or muscle in my technique. I can see the Sensei demonstrating how not to do it and my own teacher's comments about not muscling it kept popping into my head.
The other thing that is apparent is that Aikido, while considered a soft style, is by no means a pushover art when it comes to effective technique. Many schools I've seen have moved away from, or don't fully understand, the combat applications of Aikido. I feel the video illustrates how a skilled practitioner can use the art. I've always been a fan of Aikido, and I love to see it illustrated so well.
Is Aikido too soft? You be the judge.