All these years in Aikido, training with Harry sensei, I cannot recall one time, i was injured by him, true there were some nasty unexpected falls, and other surprises, somehow I always managed to escape safely.
No, I’m not bragging about how good an uke I am, rather, it is the kind of understanding, sync between Harry sensei and me. Me being the novice, will depend more on him to look our for me, having said that, it also relies a large part, the feeling between Harry sensei and myself.
Ultimately, we aim to practise safely so that we can be the ultimate eco-friendly item, a training partner that can be used again and again and again. It wouldn’t do anyone any good if we injure and put our partners out of action.
It takes more than being agile to develop a safe break-fall especially in Aikido, where contact is also part of the beauty in the movement, the uke needs to follow, the nage needs to lead, all in a timing that puts aside the uke’s and nage’s ego. Sincerity is paramount as well as openness. When you are out to grab your partner, do so with sincerity, balance between aggression and condescendence. If you are too fierce, or too relaxed, you’ll get injured because you will not be able to read the situation realistically.
Take it as it is, which is my attitude being Harry sensei’s uke. I don’t get intimidated by him, neither do i try to test him. I just do what i do with all my Aikido friends train with sincerity and openness, and this approach has serve me in good stead till now and for many more years to come.