Ive started reading into the concept of Aiki recently, and am wondering where and how it can be used in karate. I understand this is likely to be a rather general and open ended question!
I guess in addition to this, after reading about his concept of blending with the opponent, I really started to reflect on how I react to combat (my only experience thus far is dojo sparing- ive always avoided "real" combat). Based on the training I have recieved over the past few years of study, I noticed I always retreat. Im struggling to react fast enough to move out of the way, but also I find that retreating forces my momentum in the opposite direction to the opponent, and changing it requires precious time.
So, how can aiki be applied effectively to flow around and/or with the opponent? And are there any drills/methods anyone can suggest to help me alter my reflex action of retreating?
EDIT: I noticed Mr. Abernethy has written an article on Aiki in Karate, but I cant seem to access it...?