BlackFeather, there is a time to pivot away, and a time to pivot toward.
Away enables hip throws and some other techniques, but IMO toward puts a lot more stress on fingers and wrists - which are the weak points and easier to disrupt.
It's good to have more than one way to skin a cat, though. (Which is why, in aikido, we practice techniques alternating right and left hand, and entering or crossing, etc. Nothing is practiced in only one way.)
Edit: This, of course, is yet another reason why people who are seriously interested should find an actual instructor and take a class (or, better yet, classes). Things get oversimplified online, out of necessity, and training has to be sufficient that conscious mental processes don't get in the way.
Last edited by MLeake; October 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM.