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  1. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Ok, we can keep going around endlessly bringing up scenarios that will fit our narratives. Who's right ? Who's wrong ? Do they even have stats for this ? What's the point you are trying to make ? You are untrained and you pick up a bat. I'm trained and I see you have a bat, so I grab a...
  2. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Ok so you are saying it is easy to handle nunchaku without training and you wouldn't get disarmed if you are against a trained fighter who is unarmed. Ok gotcha.
  3. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Yes, and with weapons of warfare there is typically training. I cannot speak to the quality of that training or the motivation of the soldiers but the quality of training with the weapons to be used is correlated to the ability of soldiers to win battles. My comment was in reference to a...
  4. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Are you asking if I would "Rather" fight someone untrained with a baseball bat than someone untrained without a baseball bat ? I would rather not have to fight untrained people at all. If I was put in a position to fight someone who is untrained with a baseball bat, they are going to lose...
  5. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I wouldn't agree with you here. Untrained people using weapons unfamiliar to them are more a danger to themselves than their opponent. You would think that it is an advantage for them to have the weapon but odds are they will be disarmed and attacked with that very same weapon.
  6. Yokozuna514

    Torn on what to change

    Welcome to the forum TechnJudo. Although I can understand living within a budget, I would suggest you look for a MA that you enjoy doing at a budget you feel is reasonable. Selecting a MA purely based on how much the gym/dojo/training hall charges may not be the best way to select an art to...
  7. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Ok to be fair, I do see what you are saying. My sticking point is the 'compromise'. That implies a negative connotation (being critical) when evaluating something. Yes, we can and should do that from time to time but there is also another way to look at it from a more positive standpoint...
  8. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    I would think that skill level and experience can also negate the use of weapons as well as multiple attackers but, all things being equal, having a weapon should give one an advantage over an opponent that has none. The peanut gallery
  9. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Although I can appreciate what all three of you are saying from a critical standpoint, the flip side of the argument is that people are getting the opportunity to ratchet up their weapons work in a 'safer' context. Sure you will get people that will block blades with padded forearms in the...
  10. Yokozuna514

    Sensei YouTube?

    Yes, I understand and appreciate that. I was referring to a comment made by GPSeymour. In my mind, he was suggesting that a club without any affiliation teaching "Judo" may be just as valid as a club with an affiliation. If there is no affiliation you may get something akin to McJudo.
  11. Yokozuna514

    aikido, always aikido

    Welcome to the forum. Just a quick note, that the post you are replying to was made in 2010. If you are looking for a response from people that posted in a particular thread, you may want to check the date of the last post.
  12. Yokozuna514

    Sensei YouTube?

    I am not certain that this would apply to Judo per se. Judo is mainly geared for competition so rank is a useful when entering tournaments to ensure you are categorized properly. It is also useful when travelling around but I suspect most dojos would want to see you in a few classes to...
  13. Yokozuna514

    Why do people say to never kick air?

    First of all, good on you for being this active at 68 years of age. I hope when I am 68 I will still be training 6 hours a week. Respectfully, practice and injury should not go hand in hand. We should train hard but we should also train smart. You cannot train when you are injured (as...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    I think it is going to be very difficult to spar safely and repeatedly if SD is the objective. Yes, people need to practice SD skills but against a live opponent that isn't padded to the gills is not going to make for a long session. If they are padded to the gills, it may not give you the...
  15. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Yes, the style will play a role in how you respond but it isn't like a playing a trump card. You still have to put in the work to become proficient and you still need to test yourself regularly to ensure that the things you are practicing will actually work when you need them. I'm not sure I...
  16. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Regardless of the style you do, if you train twice a week are you giving yourself enough time on the floor to deal with a-hole situations ? A-holes that are 'bigger' and 'stronger' picking on 'smaller' and 'weaker' people are a special kind of a-hole. Says a lot more about them than it does...
  17. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Yes, he said that. Not only did he acknowledge that there was much for him to learn, he strapped on his boots and started to learn things he would need to be able to compete.
  18. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Some of the best ? Ok, so you are on a MA forum and you are suggesting that an untrained fighter is "right up there with some of the best" ? Interesting........
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    Is there a martial art I can learn despite having balance issues due to injuries?

    Out of the gate, I would say to look for a school where the instructor has a program that he can adapt to your circumstances will allow you to take a few trial classes to see if it is a good fit for you. As has been said before, you will need to adapt and the instructor will need to adapt with...
  20. Yokozuna514

    Aikido.. The reality?

    Sure, there are sports where fighting is 'part' of the game (like hockey) but it is still only part of the game. Hopefully the training you are receiving is putting you in more fighting situations than than a hockey player or you will be in for a tough night. These guys can be tough 'out of...
  21. Yokozuna514

    Today's workout - Arm is for offense and pain. Waist is for power and speed.

    I agree that it’s not a good idea to jump into doubles right away. However, if your pathway leads onward and upward then an increase in time training is a logical result of pushing our limits. At least initially when gains can be had with more sweat equity, doubles are a way to get more...
  22. Yokozuna514

    Today's workout - Arm is for offense and pain. Waist is for power and speed.

    Ok, no rest for the wicked, I see ;). Good on ya. So you are looking to go up to 10 hours if possible doing 5 doubles. Are you training for anything or is it just to......train ? Currently I only have 1 double and that is on Monday. My other morning is on a Friday. In the morning I do...
  23. Yokozuna514

    Today's workout - Arm is for offense and pain. Waist is for power and speed.

    Hey JowGaWolf, You may have mentioned it somewhere but I didn't see it. What's your training schedule like on a per week basis ? I have a day job so I can only train before and after work. I am fortunate to have an understanding wife that has allowed me to train 6 out of 7 days but I will...
  24. Yokozuna514

    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    I think that has more to do with integrity than anything else. If you don't have a proper understanding of the material then what are you passing on ? GIGO. Yes essentially Dojo Operators that have a proper foundation in one art can definitely integrate it into another given the will to do...
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    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    I think I understand what you are saying here. You want to the knowledge of peoples' claims to match their credentials and experience level. Correct ? Shihan Bluming as a 10th Dan in Judo. Not that belt stripes are the be all and end all but he was a high level judoka in the 70's so I...
  26. Yokozuna514

    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    I'm not sure what your question has to do with my answer but I suspect Shihan Bluming was an accomplished judoka that earned his stripes on the tatami. I further surmise that if a karateka with a background in judo were to open up a school to teach karate, his teachings would be influenced by...
  27. Yokozuna514

    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    Actually karate did keep them. Not ALL branches and styles but there are certainly some that have done so and are recognized for keeping that part of it in their syllabus. Ashihara and Enshin are two examples but there are probably more. In regards to your example, this is exactly what...
  28. Yokozuna514

    Why do people say to never kick air?

    Air kicking is fine for beginners who have never tried kicking in MA before. They can understand the sequence of events and see how it feels to use a technique without the distraction of anything other than the feedback from their own body. The issue I see is transferring that information to...
  29. Yokozuna514

    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    I can't speak for all karate but I do know that when Sosai Mas Oyama was initially spreading Kyokushin he approached some top level Judoka Sensei to join. My understanding is he was quite successful in attracting them and I expect that they would have taught the same Judo techniques as part of...
  30. Yokozuna514

    Sensei YouTube?

    Learning Judo from YouTube is not ideal. YouTube may give you an explanation of the techniques but it will not have the benefit of a proper pedagogy from going to a good school and learning the progression of techniques. You also need to prepare the body for Judo. Learning how to fall...
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