- Jan 4, 2012
- Reaction score
- New York
It's not really a test. You guys are making claims about what he does not have, so we'd be asking him about it. The alternative is making judgments without letting him defend himself.So the idea would be for us to give Rokas an aikido test on an internet forum? We'd be listing the principles that we wish to test him on and he'd somehow demonstrate his intellectual understanding of the principles and his ability to apply them physically? That's his teacher's job.
My points were very simple.
Rokas said that aikido's shiho nage is flawed as it lacks the body connection principle, which he claims he found in wrestling but not in the aikido that he was taught. Then I found a video of his own teacher doing shiho nage and found that he was applying that principle.
Rokas said that aikido's irimi nage is flawed in the same way, as "no one taught him" the footwork and use of the hip to prevent backstepping. Then I found a video of his own teacher doing irimi nage that way. That's not a "fix", that's how the technique is done in the first place.
Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba fixing irimi nage with wrestling.
So we can conclude that, in those two instances, Rokas is trying to fix flaws that don't originate from the method itself but from his own understanding of it.
I don't really care all that much though. I was just skimming this thread and saw a request for his email address, which I happened to know. If you want to continue making assumptions about his understanding of the style, without asking him about his understanding of the style, that's fine by me.