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Feb
11
comment Aikido in a street fight?
@slugster, I disagree with your disagreement. :) This can be easily explored by you showing up at a karate, TKD, boxing, MMA, Gracie JJ, Muay-thai, etc. kind of place. Anyone with reasonable punching skills. Their hands aren't going to be easy to catch. In fact, it will be impossible for you. Not only will it be impossible to catch, but even if you somehow talked them into going slow enough for you to catch it, you would find that their tightened fist and wrist would not permit you to use it in kote-gaeshi. Ain't gonna happen. You need to get them by surprise before it even begins.
Feb
10
comment Aikido in a street fight?
While I agree with the idea that there are more immediately practical martial arts than aikido, I don't like to see people completely write it off like you've done here, and in a way that's condescending and arrogant ("great for when you're play fighting with your girlfriend"). Truth is, practicality is determined entirely by how you train. Train with non-compliant, fully resisting, live partners, and you'll be far better off than training by punching to the air. It's why the martial arts you list seem to do better. Knowing that, you can make Aikido work for you. Or anything for that matter.
Feb
9
comment Aikido in a street fight?
Incidentally, the idea that anyone is going to catch the hand or wrist of someone in a fight is flawed. Hands move faster than any other body part. They flail. You won't be able to target a hand and grab one. Try it, and you'll be KO'd before you can. So, that is not how you apply an aikido hand technique. Allowing someone to square up and start to punch and kick? Not gonna work. You have to take him by surprise, before the fight even begins. What you described as a muay thai vs. aikido fight is, therefore, ridiculous. Aikido isn't meant for that purpose.
Feb
9
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Feb
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comment Aikido in a street fight?
My conclusion is that you either need to train Aikido differently (by using non-compliant, live training partners), or you need to make sure you take your opponent by surprise (because then he won't be actively resisting what you're doing). This is a training failure, not a technique failure. Though, I would also argue that Aikido needs an infusion of striking, clinch / take-down, and ground skill to be reasonably "complete". Without those, yes, what you saw is exactly what will happen. In my opinion.
Feb
9
comment Aikido in a street fight?
I attempted to analyze Aikido's self-defense strategy, strengths, and weaknesses in another answer. Please see this: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/4732/…
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Feb
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comment What style to do?
I recommend looking around. Literally open the phone book and see what's available near you. Go to those schools. See their classes. Talk with the instructors. Kung-fu styles might be interesting to you after karate, to see where karate came from and to compare and contrast. After that, or instead of that, maybe something like Gracie Jiujitsu. It all depends on what strikes your fancy. (pun intended)
Feb
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comment Is Spin Hook Kick A Defensive or Offensive Kick?
Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about (re: wait until he starts doing something before you spin)... 38.media.tumblr.com/c5ca32a8015170e8239c0e0deb705d55/…
Feb
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comment What style to do?
These sorts of questions are the type to get a wide range of opinions for answers. You should ask a more specific question. Think about what you're asking for. Some people who train in a primarily kicking and punching style prefer to stick to those kinds of arts, wanting to deepen their knowledge. Others want to broaden their knowledge by doing something completely different, such as a grappling style. If you have no idea if you should care about going deeper or broader (which one?), then that is your question. So please clarify.
Jan
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
I've been making revisions over the past couple of days to my answer. It's worth a re-read, especially for the final paragraphs. FYI.
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