At any rate, what is strength? Is it just relative, a contest, physical competition with an opponent? Aikido says no! Strength does not lie in opposing power but in harmonizing with the flow of power, like a stream or river. Cooperation is the absolute movement. We can find strength in unification.
Harmony is the one and only principle in Aikido.
We move in a spiral movement, like a whirlpool or a typhoon, drawing the power of the opponent into the very same stream. This dynamic movement spontaneously creates an infinite number of techniques, adapting to each situation, giving rise to graceful movements in a natural flow, in total harmony. Whether we are pushed or pulled we go with the movement, with or without weapons, with one or many opponents. It is not just combat, it is also strategy.