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Many people suggest taking up Aikido if one is an older beginner student. Personally I would hesitate to recommend that. Almost all Aikido techniques involve take downs or throws and if you don't fall or roll correctly (which can take take a long time to learn) you can seriously hurt yourself. It would be very easy to dislocate a shoulder or break a collar ...


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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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For modern street self defense, traditional arts are not a particularly efficient way too learn to protect yourself. Aikido is fun though, elegant art and complements iaido nicely, my local school was full of egos especially When they found out i had a karate black belt, so i left before i got a chance to get advanced. i never got the chance to train ...


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I trained in KFM (Andy Norman's Defense Lab - DNA) for nearly a year and found it to be half Hollywood fluff and half useful defense training. The good is that the technique is designed for close quarter combat and multiple opponents. Perhaps it was just me, or the location where I trained, but I found the training style quite chaotic. When I trained in ...



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