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What you're really asking for is insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Aikido pertaining to self-defense scenarios. Aikido uses a small number of throws, joint locks, submissions, and strikes. There are some holds and submissions done from the ground. A number of breakfalls are trained. There is some weapons training as well, notably the 4-foot Jo ...


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Most likely, you haven't been careful of your situation and mindful of your surroundings, avoided dangerous places or people, and/or worked hard or smart enough to defuse and de-escalate situations of rising emotions, tensions, and territoriality (either your own or of those around you). Now, a lot of "you failed to do X!" discussions seem to assume ...


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The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program initially included an element called Body Hardening. It involved hitting the location of primary nerves. The Radial and Ulna nerves, Femoral and Sciatic nerves, and abdominal strikes for the Celiac Plexus. The result was that, after repeated impact over a long period of time, the nerve would become damaged, such that ...


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To be a little bit Zen: So, I'm in a fight. What have I failed to do? You've failed to end the fight. There could be nothing that you've failed to do. People are like animals, one day you can end up in a fight that you had nothing to do with. To absolutely remove all chances of having a fight you would have to live your life in a vastly different way, ...


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I think it really just comes down to one thing. If you made a mistake, the mistake is that you were looking for a fight. It's an understandable tendency among martial artists, especially those that train for the "mean streets," after all; what's the point of training to fight and defend yourself in the mean streets if you don't ever actually use your ...


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It sounds like you're talking about the scientific form of pressure points (as opposed to pseudoscience involving "chi meridians"), namely spots on the body which allow for direct stimulation of nerves and muscles to cause a great deal of pain or sometimes even muscle paralysis. As with defending any vulnerable part of your body, they key principles are a) ...


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You should practice slide-stepping -- with the ball of the foot, arching the toes up. Slowly, slowly, slowly -- quicker -- quicker -- quicker -- full speed. Until the step becomes so natural that you will not hit your toe in the mat anymore. And now, practice losing your balance and recovering it with that step.


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Your little toe incident sounds like a fracture. The big toe may be the same, or just a deep seated hematoma (bruise). In either case there is very little you can do to prevent this, toes are not really made to collide with solid objects at high speed. Strapping toes together is not particularly productive due to the shortness of the toes, the fact that ...


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Below is a link pertaining to a 3 month white belt who used Kotagaeshi to defend himself. It goes with the adage that self defence is 80% confidence. Basically a lot of things will work from a lot of martial arts, it's having the presence of mind at the time when your adrenaline is pumping that counts in that context. It has controls, pins and throws, ...


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Most of the techniques in aikido are based on creating an opening for you to manipulate/control your opponent through the use of leverage and/or pain. In order to do that you are going to have to get within arms reach of your opponent or literally toe to toe in some cases :). Aikido really shines when you can create that opening and use one of techniques ...


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While pressure points may exist as sensitive spots on the body that can aid in both fighting and healing, touching or pressing on them probably can't kill you. Still, use pressure points as a way to help relax your muscles, reduce tension and stress, and overcome painful headaches. http://www.medicaldaily.com/truth-about-pressure-points-which-ones-can-kill-...


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What I took from Aikido is to discover the least harmful way to respond to any attack, to subdue your opponent in the most complete and least harmful way possible, and to practice these responses so frequently that they become the automatic instinctive response to said attacks. I think it was intended to be almost like a non-lethal krav maga in a way, ...


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After spending years in Martial Arts , somethings get clearer to you. First of all , I am in MA for 12 years in distinct disciplines like Kick Boxing , Ninjutsu , Wing Tsun and BJJ. I am happy to combine these and Kali/Escrima. For those years , I took many blows during both training and competitions. Still taking. But in real-life , I have never been a ...


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Maybe you failed to do everything... maybe you failed to do nothing. Its one of those quotes that may make an old master seem wise in a movie, but its basically just a noble sentiment that falls apart on examination. Sure, perhaps you're out wandering in the wrong section of town... or didnt cross the street when you should have... or you're in the wrong ...


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Sometimes you cross paths with a douchebag. The reason why martial arts and self-defense classes actually teach you how to hurt people, and not just how to run away, is because some situations are unavoidable. I have found that the more useless the martial arts school, the bigger the emphasis is on running away rather than fighting. That being said, the ...


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Your training hasn't failed you if you're not training conflict avoidance/resolution in your dojo. Rather, your lack of training has failed you. You have to specifically train how to read body language, detect warning signals, and recognize potentially dangerous situations. These skills are usually relegated to a weekend seminar, if taught at all. When ...


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One way I protect my feet in my classes is I wear shin guards with a foot flap or sleeve. There are full encapsulating feet protectors as well, they basically cover the entire top of the foot, with straps on the bottom allowing your bare foot to come into contact with the ground. For toe injury, foot space is very important, keep your toes pointed or a ...



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