Nice article, it mainly talks about Shihonage, but I loved some bits and pieces discussing other things as well:
“Sometimes in life, people ask a strange question: “Does this or that work?”
I must confess I still didn’t know what they are on about. Anything works if you work it, do the work and make it work. Even a bad technique or a not so good one.
It does not take “many years” to learn Aikido, but rather simply paying attention and understanding that above all else it is a combat art. Not a sport for entertainment and proving. Not a dance. But a combat art. Every skill consistently practiced improves forever, not just Aikido.
If and when attacked, do not have any preconceptions about a particular ‘technique’ or way of doing things. Simply unleash and allow what makes sense at the time to flow. If you have practiced diligently in training ‘what makes sense’ will save you. If not, you will not come out of it so well.”
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower