- Feb 23, 2014
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So I figured I'd update my progression in aikido since it's been about 2 years since starting it.
I'm at the 4th Kyu rank now so still a noob that's just enjoying the training.
The footwork has become allot more second nature which has created allot less brain farts.
My breakfalls and rolls are allot more refined even though my left side still gives me brain farts at times on certain throws.
I'm feeling allot more comfortable with the joint locks and have stopped pulling up on my partners arm during the break fall portion of applying kotegaeshi. It was a habit I had from judo since we'd pull up on the sleeve to help rotate the uki during the throws.
I've been picking up some of the finer details of the joint locks as well which has improved my kung fu chin na techniques greatly as well.
My Sensei also switched dojo locations so we're now training at a dojo that has an established judo and bjj student body. Once my hip flexor injury heals (hiking accident) I will be participating in the grappling where I will be trying to incorporate the aikido wrist locks in to my prior grappling knowledge. I have allot of ideals on where I can possibly apply the locks at and ofcourse I will be using caution when applying them since people might not realize what's going on since allot if grappling schools leave wrist locks on the side burner.
The boken work is still not my cup of tea since I prefer Chinese weapon work but I see how boken work develops finer details of empty hand techniques.
Well that sums up where I'm at and I will say I'm actually hooked on aikido now so I'm in it for the long run.
Two other cool things in my personal training is I might consider starting a small CLF kung fu training group since I've friended a sifu that's a few hours away. He was asking why I don't start a small group and I'm really considering it now. I also found a lcal tai chi/xing yI/bagua sifu that I've been having ocasional lessons with. The CMA sifu has given me some valuable footwork and stance exercise that has helped all of my martial arts greatly.
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Bjj does do wrist locks but they are considered a dirty move. So don't spring them on people unless you like knee rides and cross faces.