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  1. gpseymour

    Aikido.. The reality?

    This is one of the issues I see a lot in protected weapon sparring and simulated attacks (where the "attacker" is simply given a job). There is often far less self-protection going on than most people would exhibit. Tell me I just have to stab/cut you, and I can do that. Tell me I have to do...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Shocking, I know.
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    Last Poster #7

    I saw a TikTok recently where they tried banana peel bacon. They said it wasn’t bacon, but was actually pretty good.
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    Last Poster #7

    Hearty wishes for the best with your wife. Glad to hear the family is doing well!
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    Last Poster #7

    I'm glad you got sucked in! Good to see you. How's tricks?
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    No, but the person I was talking to in the side thread you commented on was.
  7. gpseymour

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I think Steve's point was that MMA moves are allowed within Dog Brothers ruleset, so anything MMA is kinda part of DB competition. Just depends whether anyone brings that or not, and what the individual competitors want to focus on.
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    Sensei YouTube?

    What are you saying is lost in moderate or larger classes?
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    Sensei YouTube?

    As for comments about trraining elsewhere, it's been my experience that's more likely to be an issue in places that only train one art. Places that really train multiple arts (rather than just putting multiple base arts on their window for marketing) usually have a proportion of students who...
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    Is there a martial art I can learn despite having balance issues due to injuries?

    This. And it also depends a bit upon your means. What I consider reasonable and what someone else considers reasonable - even in the same market - won't be the same thing.
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    Forum Update April 2021

    Good find. I took a quick look, but didn't find that icon to show the tags.
  12. gpseymour

    Sensei YouTube?

    The issue I see with this is someone with no experience on Judo falls trying to figure out what's a good video on Judo falls.
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    Forum Update April 2021

    The issue appears to be hidden tags. When you backspace into that, you've deleted part of the end tag. You can cap it with [/ quote] (remove the space in that) to get back outside the quoted info. Likely some part of the tag will show up in the quoted info - you should see that in your quoted...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    That makes no sense to me.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Still not sure what any of that has to do with the term “self-defense”.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Yeah, and that’s a media thing, mostly. Blaming that on the term “self-defense” is odd.
  17. gpseymour

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I've never heard any SD instructor take this view. Not sure where you get it from that term.
  18. gpseymour

    Aikido.. The reality?

    IF this happens, they are either not trying to hit you, or are pretty bad at it, or you are much more skilled than them. With similar skill levels, this won't happen.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Basic fighting skills are a part of the toolkit. You don't have to be practicing breaks to be practicing SD. If you can't control spacing and timing, the techniques will never come into play. So, even if the keystone elements aren't good for sparring, the foundations of control are. If you're...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I think if self-defense is an objective, there should be sparring. I'm not sure how you evaluate the ability to deliver the techniques without that.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    One of the issues at play is who you want to serve. If you only want to serve those who want to train seriously for fighting, you can focus training in that direction. If you want to serve a different audience, you can't really run classes like you would for folks interested in training...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Most grapplers are likely to be in trouble if they take a solid hit (assuming their experience is only with grappling). Which art someone is training in doesn't change that too much. Possibly those taking harder falls will be less surprised by that first hit, but anyone would do better if...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    That's an extreme overstatement of the position most folks take on this.
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    Is there a martial art I can learn despite having balance issues due to injuries?

    Something lik Brazilian Jiujitsu would depend less on balance (mostly ground work) and is excellent exercise. If you want to work on balance, a style of karate that is heavy on kata would be a good fit, as those kata can easily be practiced on your own, as well. Something like Tai Chi (whether...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    This is how I view all of the standing joint locks I know (including those that are trained as throws). They are ways to train manipulation from the hand/wrist, if that's all you have, until you can do something else.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    That should be addressed in the training. It isn't always, but it should be. I think a lot of time the kata (and even the near-kata) practices make it appear the techniques assume the other limbs are uninvolved, but that isn't the case in the background fundamentals. Once there is contact...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    IMO, those arts (well practiced) are better equipped for that than they are for a measured attack. If someone is very focused on just trying to get a hit in, they become much easier to draw into over-extending, by controlling distance. Controlling distance through movement is foundational IMO to...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    To me, with any aiki art, one of the biggest issues occurs when this kind of recovery isn't discussed. That both takes away a range of responses that work really well with the overall movements, and also incorporates the working assumption that the techniques don't fail except in ways that lead...
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    Last Poster #7

    We're so far in the woods, even the chip can't get reception. Sad state of affairs.
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    That seems like an apt analogy.
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