Ok, Houston, we have a problem.
We train shomen uchi ikkyo from when you are about to get hit. In real life you are unlikely to have that massive lift up, and if the arm is already up as he moves in you haven't got that option anyway. As I said, for me this is the most difficult technique in Aikido. It has four points of potential resistance and if you use the slightest amount of strength it will be stopped at any one of those places. We train the same movement for shomen uchi nikyo and sankyo. Shomen uchi yonkyo and gokyo take a different grip.
This is a better example of the technique ..
BTW why the bruises? Aikido is the gentle art, isn't it? Just don't tell Hanzou there is contact.
Love Tissier, he's awesome, we train this slightly different. We train that as you see there hand coming up you need to be bringing your hand up, and you need to catch it near the apex. Maybe just as he is starting the downswing, but if he is really swinging down and it's much past that level, well, you can't really do Ikkyo if it's reached your face level. You can do other things….just not ikkyo, because it then becomes a struggle of strength.
I also had a little bit of a bloody nose… The other student and I were actually "doing" the entry atemi in the tenkan. He connected once very well….So, sure….Aikido is "soft"…..LOL.