I learn my Aikido now by tearing apart the principles in order to disprove them, or at least to find loopholes in the rules. I challenge now, what as a younger aikidoka was fact expounded by the system of training.
I have found in the past few years a handful of teachers who have a hard time playing by the strict rules that a larger educational system lays down. Search for efficiency at a ranges of human interaction and conflict!
For the past few years I have been teaching a very passive and reactive Aikido. Matl Sensei kicked my butt a few months ago and noticed "you have no attack!" Hussey Sensei has a very, not aggressive, but active and engaged style as well. My previous theories of passivness were not incorrect, but they did not cover the whole of the Aiki experience. There is always more to learn. There are more facetrs and aspects than any one man can ever learn.
So I became involved in the martial arts at the age of 11 in 1985. I was getting beaten up by the football players at my middle school. I grew to hate football and everything about it. I have only seen a few games in my whole life. Then it occured to me they are playing a high speed game of Judo with a ball. It also struck me how difficult it would be to take down a 350 pound, 25 year old athlete fully armored and traveling at 20 miles per hour.
Maybe they are practicing Aiki too. Of course they are going to research the most efficient methods to reach their goals. Sure they collide energies. I have always been taught collison is an Aikido no-no, but is it?
I watched a few football tackle videos, and laid out Waddell Sensei with one. He laughed and joked that I wasn't allowed to do Judo with Matl Sensei anymore, thinking I had learned my technique from classical martial arts.
Maybe we are all searching for maximum efficiency with minimum effort. maybe there are just a sick few of us that can keep up one game, or one flavor of it, for our entire lives.
So without further ado...check out some tackles. If you have been doing martial arts long enough I bet you will start naming off technique names as you see the people go down.
I have never watched a "how to" football video before. They talk a lot like martial artists. They go through safety concerns, and most effective strategies to putting energy into the opponent.
So how is that for being an iconoclast? I am even throwing out and challenging my own thoughts and teachings, and looking to the art forms I had shunned for inspiration!