Aikido achieves ‘win/win’ by skirting around the issue with ‘attacks and defense’
The practice of Aikido frustrates a person in terms of the range of attacks. There is little technique in Aikido that is effective as an attack. it is difficult for an Aikidoka to attack a person with what was learned in an Aikido class. there is a reason for that.
That does not mean that, aikido is a ‘reactive’ art, or ‘self defense’. there is limited attacking style because by focusing on ‘defensive’ moves, the Aikido principles drowns the ego’s desire to dwell on the duality of attacking and defending, or winning or losing. Aikido focuses on the ‘and, and, and’. It encompasses winning and losing, attacking and defending. which makes it such a difficult art to learn.
In some styles, attack and defense strategy are two different forms and functions, only to be intertwined once the practitioner is competent with both. Aikido simply throws the student into the deep blue sea. defense is attack and attack is no different from defense.
Aikido understands the self defeating nature of attacks and chooses not to dwell on the smallness of the attacking strategy. Being defensive is inherently stronger, and repeatable. An attack is like a burst, concentrated at an attempt to break the defensive posture. once the attack is exhausted, the attack needs to regroup and attempt at it again, what is the most desirable outcome? the demise of defence.
what happens if the defense simply receive the attack and replenished? or worse, uses the momentum of the attacking force against the attack, some would call a ‘counterattack’?’ this is the strategy of Aikido.
Being defensive is simply more sustainable. with a superior mind, and skills, a defensive posture can absorb attacks in numbers, without fear or favour.