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    Aikido.. The reality?

    He says: "In essence the uke must respond to the strike as if it were a throw – something requiring some practice to do well." This clearly means that uke has to practice so that he responds to the strike as if it were a throw. There is no practical purpose to this. Quite the contrary, it...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Depends on your goals. If your goal is not related to martial applicability, this is not a problem. The problem is people who make claims about effectiveness that they can't deliver on. Oh I agree, as I'm interested in aikido's technical (and thus martial) aspects. And, so far, the aikido...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    By the way (I've just read through the articles in defense of "no touch" aikido quoted by Hanzou), I don't buy the "disrupting the enemy's energy" thing. I've myself also done a couple of no touch throws inadvertently, by placing myself just out of reach of someone wanting to grab me, by...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    If I understand correctly, "ura" means "back" as in the front and back of a playing card. It means a variety of things in different arts but, as far as Ueshiba's aikido is concerned, "ura" refers to techniques where you place yourself in your opponent's back/outside. Here are examples: This is...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Agreed. TBH I think he was underestimating Tamaki and didn't want to embarrass him. Several times he stopped and asked "can I do that to you? Can we go to the ground?" and Tamaki was like "go ahead, it should be my problem!". As much as I'd love to see an aikidoka throw Greg around, we're not...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I put the first video in there to show the type of grapplers Greg usually plays with. He can toy with most of the instructors he meets in those exchanges, unless they're prodigies like Loubersanes or Saladdine Parnasse. Given the difference in size and grappling level (Tamaki doesn't grapple...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Found something that the grapplers here may like. Here's Greg Bouchelaghem, a BJJ and full-contact karate blackbelt and ex-pro MMA fighter (Pride, Cage Warriors). Here's him trying not to get mangled by Thomas Loubersanes (from 9:22 onwards): Here's Greg's friendly exchange with aikido...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I'm no expert but I think that it's actually BJJ's KoB. Bookman is a BJJ black belt and instructor and incorporates both the methodology and techniques into his aikido. I remember he teaches ground survival skills for aikidoka (shrimping, etc.), the double-leg takedown and an ikkyo-to-KoB drill...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Just found this excellent video series on Morihiro Saito's traditional approach to aikido. Here, he gives some explanations about the "fluid" number of aikido techniques, and how he could come up with almost infinite variations on one technique: Takemusu-aiki-curriculum-(1994-09).mp4 Here, he...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    In addition to what gpseymour said above, these three are just variations on the first basic technique (ikkyo). The joint locks in that series make for really good stretching, teach you about body mechanics and can be used to lock someone, but they represent a very small portion of aikido kata...
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    Why do Japanese arts use the Japanese language?

    Depends on the language and the term. The English word "jab" is commonly used in other languages (at least the ones I know). The French use the English term "uppercut" while the Italian use the native term "montante". Both ditched "hook" and use native terms ("crochet" and "gancio"). In...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Can't edit, but I meant the founders of Yoshin Ryu and Kito Ryu, which form the basis from which J. Kano synthesised judo.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    It would be interesting to discuss what makes a martial art but that is another topic. To be more precise, it develops physical and mental attributes that are useful in self defense. This, coupled with alive and intense training (done through sparring sessions after classes) allowed early...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    If the goal of training aikido were to learn a technical curriculum (= a set of forms) this statement would be true. It's not. Aikido is a martial conditioning method based on Morihei Ueshiba's cosmology and supposed to make both body and mind stronger, which uses a selection of drills, jujutsu...
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    Contact improvisation

    So many missed hip throw opportunities...
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