Search results

  1. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    Yeah, and Watanabe Sensei is not really considered appropriate Aikido by many. Here's Tissier Shihan in an interview. You can tell he's trying to be politically correct and nice, but he basically in so many words says its rubbish. Mario Lorenzo From a technical point of view, which aspect do...
  2. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    This is called Tai no Henko Tenkan, and is a fundamental kihon movement in Aikido. I disagree with his explanation, but the basics are there. It's a same side wrist grab, and you tenkan to blend with his forward movement. Think of me holding a sword, and you come in to grab my wrist and your...
  3. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    I can see your point. The head of my dojo, a godan in Aikido, also has yudansha ranking in Karate. He said he spent more than a decade trying to get Aikidoka to become better strikers and to learn how to strike and kick properly. He finally gave up. Said that none of them have any interest in...
  4. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    Also, I would add that some of us do spar. It's not common in Aikido, and you have to use atemi extensively, but you can spar, it's just not really built for that and most Aikidoka won't ever do it. Most don't care if they know how to fight or not, and will tell you that is not why they do...
  5. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    I study BJJ, have studied Judo, boxed, etc. I think Aikido has made all of that better. I'm already progressing faster in my BJJ studies BECAUSE of my Aikido. YMMV.
  6. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    It's not a drill, the techniques can be effective if used properly, but I don't personally think that was ever the point. It's an entire system of body movement...I will concede that the way it is trained today, leaves a bit to be desired.
  7. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    Agreed, which is why I have said for awhile, that Aikido was NEVER designed to be a standalone art....EVER. All of O'Sensei's original students (with a couple of exceptions) had substantial martial arts training already. They came to study Aikido because O'Sensei moved in a way that they had...
  8. Spinedoc

    Aikido against a boxer

    Okay, having been a boxer back when I was young and in the military, and now being a long term Aikidoka, and BJJ student, I think I might offer some perspective. Aikido isn't designed for sparring. I'm sorry, it just isn't. Here's why. Aikido NEEDS a committed attack. If you are not willing to...
  9. Spinedoc

    Hours to 1st Dan

    Yeah, it's a difference between western culture and eastern. In Aikikai Aikido, it takes years to earn your Black Belt, but all it means as a first dan is that you have mastered the fundamentals. It's shorter to BB in Japan..like only 3 years or so. The main reason being teaching. In Japan, at...
  10. Spinedoc

    Hours to 1st Dan

    So you're saying...there's a chance.......Sweet. LOL.
  11. Spinedoc

    Hours to 1st Dan

    Aikido under USAF has specific time in rank requirements. Keep in mind these are the minimum. Most people have significantly more than this. USAF does not measure in terms of hours, but rather days. No rank-6 kyu 20 days minimum 6-5 kyu 40 days minimum 5-4 kyu 80...
  12. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    We don't ignore it. We stay out of the way. The first fundamental in Aikido is GETTING off line. At that 18 second mark that you note, he is off line, and would strike at Uke's face, this causes uke to try and block or protect, rather than strike. As you do that, you are already positioning for...
  13. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    All the time. That's the foundation behind Henka Waza. Most of the time, this is not practiced until the higher kyu ranks. You won't be tested on it until nidan at the earliest. Here's a video of Berthiaume Shihan, The first part is just explaining the basis behind the shihonage (strikes...
  14. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    Aikido never resists. If we feel resistance in a technique, we simply switch to a different technique. Also known as henka waza. For example, if I am attempting to execute a shomenuchi ikkyo on an opponent, and he resists before I can capture his kuzushi, I simply move with his resistance...
  15. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    I think there are a few misconceptions here. It is true, that we do not start in a bent structure. This has a lot to do with the concept of Zanshin. I would say, that for on armed, 1 on 1, combat, there are number of Arts that are better than aikido. However, we make 2 assumptions that most...
  16. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    Actually no. My understanding is that the concept of Aiki, does not appear in Daito Ryu scrolls or history before the 1920s. This was around the same time that Takeda Sokaku and his top student Ueshiba were spending a lot of time with an Omoto priest. Deguchi Onisaburo was spending quite a...
  17. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    I would not say that. I think Aikido does have fighting use, and the techniques certainly can be effective. I just think that was not the point of the development of the art. It's far, far beyond that.
  18. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    I think most instructors are. I know mine is. And yes, the goal is to get to a point where you are using mushin, but Aikido goes even deeper than that. Using subtle, slight changes in movement to affect your opponents center. But at the end, it is all Tai Sabaki. Most of the yudansha I...
  19. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    So, have been training Aikido for a number of years now, and BJJ for a while as well. Was thinking a lot about Aikido earlier this week, and how so many people, including myself for a long time, simply don't/didn't understand it. Been thinking a lot about effectiveness, pressure testing, etc...
  20. Spinedoc

    Leg locks and mind set

    Agreed. Aikido is going through this a bit now. Josh Gold of Ikazuchi Dojo who now publishes Aikido Journal, and people like Roy Dean and Bruce Bookman are pushing for an evolution in the way we train Aikido. We'll see what happens. Right now it is small and on a micro level, but it could...
  21. Spinedoc

    After 70 years in BJJ Flavio Behring promoted to White Belt with Red Bar

    Aikikai Aikido is not much different. No one, except the current descendent of Ueshiba can use the title Doshu. Additionally, O'Sensei and Doshu hold no rank. Rank means nothing. Only one living person that I am aware of was publicly promoted to 10th dan. Koichi Tohei. There have been several...
  22. Spinedoc

    Mario Roberto..

    Hi guys, going to do a trial week here. www.mrjja.com People seem to hold him in high regard. The Coach I had under Dave Camarillo's system moved, so, looking for another jits fix. Still doing Aikido, and looking ultimately to blend the two, ala Roy Dean, Bruce Bookman, and others. Anyone...
  23. Spinedoc

    Any other gearheads here??

    Nah, '97 was the last of the air cooled 911's...the 993 series. In 1998 the 996 series debuted (with the 986 Boxster starting one year earlier in 1997).
  24. Spinedoc

    Any other gearheads here??

    I'm a big car guy, and have owned and driven multiple cars. Currently, I have... '14 Ford Escape Titanium (Daily Driver) '98 Porsche Boxster '89 Porsche 911 Turbo I have owned previously.... '77 Trans Am-Smokey and the Bandit version '79 Corvette '68 Camaro Z28 '88 IROC-Z Camaro Looking at...
  25. Spinedoc

    Aikido vs judo

    We do lots of hip throws in Aikido. Koshinage is a common technique at upper levels. I am kind of partial to shihonage koshinage myself, but there are lots of variations. We also do kata guruma, gensake otoshi, etc. that ARE ALL part of the Aikido curriculum...now whether or not a dojo practices...
  26. Spinedoc

    Aikido hate

    Can't speak for all Aikido dojos but we talk about structure, kuzushi, and breaking structure all the time. Our head Sensei spends a great deal of time talking about this. Not so much for beginners, but definitely for 4th kyu and up.....really starts exploring smaller movements, and disrupting...
  27. Spinedoc

    Interesting Video. Aikido vs more realistic attacks...

    Doesn't look pretty or flowery like the demos....and Nage gets hit...which is okay...but glad to see them playing with this. Mike
  28. Spinedoc

    Aikido hate

    While I agree with some of your points, I would have to strongly disagree with this one. Most Aikido folks I know don't train to fight at all. The majority of them don't care if they could beat an MMA-trained goon....Like one of my senior instructors, who is a retired FBI agent and has been...
  29. Spinedoc

    An interesting realistic read about M.A.

    This is not uncommon in Aikikai Aikido as well. I travel a fair amount and have been to multiple schools. It helps being exposed to different thoughts. We also have frequent seminars, and there is no shortage of different interpretations and training available. Being in a town with a world...
Top