Opinions on Lenny Sly's Aikido Combative concepts?

Discussion in 'Aikido' started by JP3, May 22, 2016.

  1. gpseymour

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    I've been curious about this, because NGA's entry tends to be a more direct line than Ueshiba's Aikido, on average. We move off-line in some cases, but often move specifically to intersect, to the point that some of us teach making contact at the hip or shoulder to break structure.
     
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    Agreed. I've frequently seen movement like that I described when I'm demonstrating the soft push block and evasion, from boxers and MMA fighters. I seem to recall seeing similar from Muay Thai fighters, and certainly have seen it in kickboxing and similar sports. The movement that seems more common in Aikido (but certainly not unique, IMO) is the way they enter off-line (which I don't tend to do as much, at least not that way). I'm not sure how to describe what seems different about it, but I have seen some of the more slippery boxers do similar things, so it does happen outside Aikido.
     
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    Like learning knife defence without ever learning how to handle a knife.
     
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    No, not in any way I can figure.
     
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    Well...he didn't, really, "The Art of Peace" is a rather liberal interpretation of the word "Aikido" that was made by John Stevens and misrepresented as a translation of the word.

    Neutralizing without harm to the attacker come from Sokaku Takeda and Daito-ryu, it wasn't originated by Morihei Ueshiba. I don't know about not smiling being a deal breaker, but many of his direct students recounted how hard it was to face the ferocious intensity of Morihei Ueshiba's countenance - and he certainly wasn't smiling all that time.

    Best,

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    This remind me the following:

    - Help someone to go to heaven.
    - Help someone to end his misery life.
    - I only train for self-defense. I don't train to fight.
    - ...

    There is no peace in fighting. To make your opponent's head to meet the ground is not much civilized than to let his face to meet your fist.
     

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