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    'Body armour' for work...

    I know it sounds stupid and that's because it is. The UK is such a weird kind of country for this kind of stuff. No where else in the world does wearing protection get likened to carrying a weapon or 'looking for trouble'. I'm just surrounded by violent nutters all on my own, in a job I've not...
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    'Body armour' for work...

    It would be a good investment but at the same time purpose built stab vests are very recognisable and if I was ever found to be wearing one I would be in massive trouble. A rugby top with foam padding on the sides, sternum and shoulders for example would look weird if ever caught but it's far...
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    'Body armour' for work...

    An honest genuine response cheers! I had actually considered biker gear.. If you look at the really expensive full body suits they look like something out of a military sci fi movie haha. Biker gear in general would provide great protection but hiding it under regular clothes would be the...
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    'Body armour' for work...

    So long story short... I'm a mental health care worker but my agency is in a lot of financial trouble so they're renting us out as de facto security staff at hostels. I'm working a contract at the moment where I'm essentially managing a 25 bed hostel, literally the entire site without backup and...
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    What could you do better?

    My biggest complaint with the two styles I recently started practicing (Aikido & Jiu Jitsu) is that both sensei's seem to teach far too many techniques each lesson and it just becomes a blurr and nothing is really retained. Instead of learning 6 standing locks, 3 throws and a multitude of other...
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    Choosing a Gi

    Sooo 5 lessons into Aikido it's probably about time to start thinking about getting a gi now. My sensei is pretty laid back on what kind you can wear and literally his only rule is that it has to be white. Which is fair enough. Now I understand that any single size of gi can come in about 6...
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    Pens as Weapons.

    I can't be bothered to read all 6 pages so sorry if this point has already been mentioned but if you want to carry a pen for stabbing/striking/wrist-locks/pressure points etc don't get a pen with a clicker on the top. Get one with a lid or one that protrudes the tip by turning. If you ever do...
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    The best martial arts for self defense from..

    Aikido folks. Zombies are people too :sadsong:
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    I have considered lots of things but I'm unfortunately restricted by the clubs/dojos in my area. There is a Judo club very close to me, my Aikido lessons are held there. I did write a letter to the Judo club but it's been 6 or 7 weeks and still no reply so I guess it's a dead end there. There is...
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    How dangerous is a typical street fight?

    In the UK if you're backed into a corner by more than 1 person it's lose-lose. If they knock you down (which they almost certainly will if you're an average person) they'll kick you into a pulp which means death/vegetative state for rest of your life. If you are able to "win" given you're out...
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    Also Chris Parker that must have taken you a long time to write. I found it very interesting to read and appreciate the time. If I were an admin I would probably make that post a sticky somewhere because I imagine the similarities/differences between Aikido/Jujutsu is a fairly common area of...
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    Hey everyone sorry for the really late reply. Been very busy with work and damn there's a lot to catch up on and reply to in this thread but I'll start with the two common recurring questions which related to what I said about the atemi. Yes I was essentially referring to the 'Oriental Fist'...
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    Yeahhh okay "I think we can all agree" was perhaps a little bold lol.. But seriously Aikido atemi does seem to be pretty widely criticised :/ but hey I'm pretty new to it so perhaps they'll become more refined but so far things like 'chops' to the forehead and punches with the back of the hand...
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    The spelling is correct for the style listed on the website although I am aware that there are quite a few different ways of saying/spelling jiu jitsu.. Some times it seems to be spelt differently, sometimes it's all one word, other times it's broken into two or three words. I've never been sure...
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    How similar are Aikido and Jiu Jitsu?

    I've been taking Aikido classes for about a month and have recently found a Jiu Jitsu club that trains on a different day so immediately jumped into an intro letter. There's a girl at my Aikido club that has never practised Aikido before (she's an absolute beginner like me) but she's been...
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    Always wondered does this kind of strike have a name/term?

    Soooo I've never actually seen this 'strike' used in any kind of training or in real sparring etc but it seems to crop up a lot in movies/television. I guess it's a kind of throat strike with the flesh/muscle in-between the thumb and index finger. I just ponder the question every time I see it...
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    Kubotan UK (England) Law

    Apologies I'm sure this has been raised before but I wondered as to the UK law regarding these. My new(ish) partner has a birthday coming up and she's basically totally into this kind of stuff and was considering getting her one. I was actually just discussing them with a friend though (who had...
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    Over-eagerness to improve - Aikido

    I'm glad I'm not alone in this. It's something I want to bring up with the sensei (obviously not immediately) but I don't want to be shot down and give off the impression I'm some impatient gun-ho kinda guy because I'm not... I just don't see the harm in practising techniques a couple of times...
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    Over-eagerness to improve - Aikido

    I'm a newbie to Aikido that hasn't even started his first class yet so this may sound premature and naive but it's something that I've been thinking about ever since I made contact with the dojo.... They train once a week for 2 hours. Now I'm a very patient person but at the same time I think...
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    The long-winded first newbie post

    The worst part is I'm "agency" care so I'm basically the guy they call in when someone is off sick or they need to make up numbers etc. So I'm incredibly easy to get rid of... If I get KO'd on my first day it'll be all "well he was a bit pants, get someone else for next shift".
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    The long-winded first newbie post

    Sadly not... All staff go on a 2-day PMVA course (prevention management violence and aggression) it's basically locks and holds that are sanctioned within certain hospitals and can be applied legally etc when certain criteria are met. Now this course was pretty useful but ultimately it was 2...
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    The long-winded first newbie post

    I agree that Judo has the potential to deal a bit more hurt generically. I would rather flip someone onto their *** than snap their head back with some fancy spinning kick but at the same time yes flipping someone is going to leave big bruises but if it's enough to deter them then it's good. I'm...
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    The long-winded first newbie post

    I actually have a little bit of kickboxing experience from when I was a teenager. I don't know if the belt system was official but I was a green-white-stripe which I think was something like 4/10 with 10 obviously being black. If it were under different circumstances I would like to practice...
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    The long-winded first newbie post

    Hey everyone, So a little about myself. I'm a UK care worker that supports/cares for children/adults/elderly people with things like learning disabilities, paralysis and mental health difficulties. I'm soon to start working at a 'medium-secure' mental health hospital. Basically I'll be around...
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