Fighting Circles with Straight Lines
What initially struck me, as an aikido/jujutsu student, was the circular motion he used. I'd always heard and seen how linear karate was. Perhaps that was simply to distinguish it from other arts. But Guy 2 used a move I'd seen in aikido/jujutsu endless times. Was this karate or just a natural reaction?
More recently I've noticed that my aikido is becoming less about circles, and more about being linear. I've come to the conclusion is that there is a natural co-habitation of the two. The higher level the aiki, the more linear it becomes. The higher level the karate (I'm picking on them because in my head they are a good representative of a linear art), the more curved it becomes. This is the general strategy I've started to employ. I've expanded my personal strategy to include the general techniques where I use straight lines versus round attacks, and curves against straight attacks.