Hi Guys, Just wanted your opinion on this particular feature of Aikido and Jujitsu. Basically, we all want to use efficient taisabaki to remove ourselves out of harm's way. This is what I like about these arts, we minimise damage to ourselves. But, while I am, often able to get my body out of the way, I am often unable to pick up the offending limb or even pick up a non-offending limb. This makes my only option to use a strike. I find myself doing this too often in free fighting. If I want to take control of the arm or leg often I have to resort to a hard block cause the stikre comes faster than I can react (being short sighted really doesn't help, i hate wearing glasses and contacts during training, and working on getting laser eye surgery). I can slow down the attack most of the time, but then I have to force the unbalancing to start again by distracting with atemi-waza and then kuzushi. Using first principles and unbalancing techniques, this is easy enough, but I wonder if there is a better way. Anyone suggest anything? Is what I am doing necessarily wrong? I noticed that Yoshinkan do this a lot. Momentum is interrupted and then recreated, but I'm meeting force with force.