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What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?

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. ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

Nearly all forms of aikido are predicated on avoiding any possibility of pressure-testing their skills against resisting opponents in free-sparring or competitive environments. Nearly all ...
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Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?

The exceptionally unusual Aikidoka Tetsu Yamazaki, who seems to have developed his own form of non-Shodokan helmeted aikido restricted sparring, seems to execute a throw that I've seen taught in ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

I don't have medical studies, but I can at least point you in the right direction of what to look up, based on kinesiology and adult biology. Tendon Plasticity "Tendon Plasticity" (Viscoelastic ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

Primary and secondary grappling skills Wristlocks and most other standing joint locks are almost always secondary grappling skills: one must already be able to dominate using basic gross-movement ...
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Have you seen a fight between *top* Judo and Aikido practitioners?

From my own experience, a match between judo/aikido starts at a distance doing Aikido and as soon as the distance closes, switching to judo. I have no link to videos as I never bothered filming any. ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Oh man... I help teach (and teach if the head instructor is gone) a small group of kids every week and this has always been major question for me. Not specifically this, but just how to get the kids ...
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Do Aikido wrist locks work against stronger opponents?

You are probably missing kuzushi (balance breaking) and/or atemi (strikes). Both serve the same purpose: to distract your opponent so that they worry about something else rather than their wrist. ...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

You might never get into a fight, but you will fall down several times in your life. Aside from that, if you're working in an art or practice that's going to have a lot of throwing, you need to learn ...
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Aikido kotegaeshi

Kotegaeshi (小手返し etimology) is a supinating wrist lock and is generally translated as "wrist throw". The throw works on the manipulation of the wrist, which turns the fore-arm, then the shoulder, then ...
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Aikido - working with difficult uke

tl;dr Balance breaking, timing, and power/speed is what you are looking for. The answer depends what type of training you: kata, randori, or shihai. In kata, you are supposed to learn basic movement....
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Benefits of training with suwari waza

Self defence comes to mind: Historically, and I guess still now-a-days, people do sit in seiza in Japan. It is not an idea position to defend oneself from and this is by design. Therefore, daito-ryu (...
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Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?

Break falling is a way to safely escape a technique that could impart serious harm to the receiver. It is self defence at its most basic form. For obvious reasons, without it, one cannot practice ...
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Apply Falling Technique in Real Situation

This probably should go without saying, but you will learn to do what you train to do. If you only train your ukemi as "If they use technique A, use breakfall B", you're probably not going to think of ...
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Getting more comfortable sitting in 正座 (seiza)

The best thing I found was to try and sit in seiza more often. This helps to get used to the position and will also help you to find your "sweet spot". For me that is with my weight on top of my feet ...
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Aikido forward roll with backpack

My advice is to just try it. You probably have a backpack. And you probably know how to do a front shoulder roll. Give it a try. See how it changes the way things work. Ask yourself whether or not you ...
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Teaching ukemi to children

Teaching children in Judo for 13 years now and having made an instructor's license, I will try to pin it down to some principles (as concrete lessons may be established, but are dependent on the group)...
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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

Virtually all of the martial arts use the hands in some way. Even Taekwondo, which uses mostly kicks during sparring, will use the hands to block and punch. Whereas, grappling arts use the hands to ...
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Finding the forearm pressure point in Aikido's yonkyo grip?

Doesn't everyone have problems with this technique. It takes some persistence but given the nature of effective application, not something one wishes to train often. Some words from me to help. ...
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Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?

Short answer: just ask. Explain your previous training to the sensei (without bragging*). He/she will make the decision. At the very least I think they would be glad to show off their skills even ...
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Fall Differences between Jujitsu, Aikido, and Judo

I've learned both methods in judo, BJJ, and karate. Tucking the bottom leg makes for smoother rolls and stand-ups after the fall, but makes little sense if one cannot roll and is just trying to best ...
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Spread-finger tegatana versus Squeezed-together-finger tegatana

I apologize if I'm not exactly answering your question, as I can't speak directly to Yoshinkan or Shodokan: I am not a part of either organization. However, I am a Hapkido-in, and who practices the ...
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Falling leaf ukemi

Yes, I believe this is called, "zempo ukemi". Note that this is not "zempo kaiten ukemi". The "kaiten" part means rolling, and without rolling, you simply have "zempo ukemi". I didn't find much on ...
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Aikido forward roll with backpack

"Dangerous" is relative. In most cases, you won't sustain much harm by doing so, although the items in your backpack might get crushed. I have had it explained to me before by my former teachers (...
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Aikido - overcoming tension

That older tiny guy is right but his answer is not helpful. He was showing you the end game but did nothing to get you there: The "secret" is of course to train. A lot. You might benefit from Tomiki'...
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Problem with more senior club member

You may see this as disruptive, and you may feel anxiety as a result. Provided they are respecting your commands in general I would strongly suggest that you don't worry about it. Going off on ...
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The risk of breaking teeth when executing shomen ate or ai game ate in competition

That photo is an awful aigamae ate which if used in a competition would result in a dangerous technique warning and penalty. The photo pretty much describe everything you should not do while doing ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

Honestly, it seems to be largely tradition (with said tradition basically stemming back to a fashion trend in the aristocracy), with many practitioners pointing out that it creates a tripping hazard. ...
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Falling leaf ukemi

Although @SteveWeigand 's answer is good, I want to base another one on sources I found and introduce a new aspect: In Aikido: A Complete Guide, a generally well sourced book, there are mentioned the ...
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Aikido in a street fight?

My Sensei once told me that aikido looks different that it feels. In other words you see a choreographed routine, I see someone practicing a potentially nasty joint lock that would make it difficult ...
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