I will be talking to William Ball a Shodokan Aikido instructor – style which features Aikido competition and the current United States champion in Toshu (open hand combat) and Randori (knife skills).
William will be explaining how Aikido competition works, discuss his take on practical Aikido for self defense and touch some thought provoking questions together with me.
03:50 William’s Martial Arts Journey
12:15 What kept you training Aikido?
14:40 Will’s perspective on Aikido’s competition
18:18 How realistic is “The Wire” tv show?
22:20 When martial arts are not enough
25:50 Teaching awareness for self defense
30:50 The difference between Tomiki and other Aikido styles
32:00 Why is Tomiki Aikido controversial
33:37 How does Aikido competition work?
38:50 If pressure testing was removed from Tomiki Aikido
43:40 Was Morihei Ueshiba opposed to competition?
49:50 “if you like to fight- Aikido is not for you. If you want to be able to defend yourself, then Aikido is what you are looking for.”
59:00 How is Rokas’ Aikido journey going?
01:03:47 What do you think about the spiritual aspect of Aikido?
01:05:17 Should Randori be for beginners or advanced people only?
01:06:25 How does the scoring system work?
01:11:34 Have you used Aikido in the street?
01:15:05 What is your strategy in competition?
01:16:34 What is your favorite technique?
01:18:38 How would you describe Ma-Ai?
01:20:00 How much emphasis is put on philosophy in Tomiki Aikido?
01:21:53 Should martial arts teach threat awareness?
01:23:06 To what extent do you see the Tanto as a weapon?
01:24:12 If Aikido is peaceful, how do you defend others?
01:25:36 Would Tomiki Aikido benefit MMA fighters?
01:29:17 Do you train with swords?
01:30:30 A self defense myth you don’t like
01:32:04 A summary of the conversation
:Learn more about William here: https://www.baltimoremartialarts.com/instructors/william-f-ball/
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