I Was An Aikido Sensei And Got DESTROYED… But Then This Happened

I was an Aikido black belt for years and then one day I got destroyed by a BJJ blue belt. Little did I know where this experience will take me next…

Welcome to the Martial Arts Journey YouTube channel!

My name is Rokas. I’m a Lithuanian guy who trained Aikido for 14 years, 7 of them running a professional Aikido Dojo until eventually I realized that Aikido does not live up to what it promises.

Lead by this realization I decided to make a daring step to close my Aikido Dojo and move to Portland, Oregon for six months to start training MMA at the famous Straight Blast Gym Headquarters under head coach Matt Thornton.

After six months intensive training I had my first amateur MMA fight after which I moved back to Lithuania. During all of this time I am documenting my experience through my YouTube channel called “Martial Arts Journey”.

Now I am slowly setting up plans to continue training MMA under quality guidance and getting ready for my next MMA fight as I further document and share my journey and discoveries.

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  1. I was an aikido practitioner. A bjj master once asked me to roll with him. I quickly pulled out my leather belt and whipped him relentlessly till he cried and surrendered.

  2. Aikido is definitely not a sport. Expecting it to be efficient in sports while not taking into account nor deadly moves nor weapons is just very wrong.

  3. Hmmmm. Yet, I know TWO Aikido black belts who wiped out four men, in a street battle. I've been watching these "MMA-FIGHTER-KICKS-KUNG FU-EXPERT'S-ASS" videos, but, at 70-years-old, having seen expert martial artists of WHATEVER discipline who can defend themselves and dismiss others, I'm beginning to wonder about something:

    MAYBE these guys who claim that they studied and received black belts, but THEN discovered that they couldn't DO a damned thing with it, simply did not LEARN their skills well. I've known too many fighters, of WHATEVER art, who were excellent and could stand up against anybody. I'm wondering why we're now being fed these videos trashing certain arts and elevating others.

    This particular guy, in this video, was probably simply a POOR STUDENT. Notice that he kept DOUBTING himself, even when he switched over. Maybe his problem with Aikido was NOT Aikido himself, but lack of proper practice and [?] lack of confidence. I don't buy these flurries of testimonies, one artist bashing others. Look at how Shaolin students practice. That's a lesson for EVERY fighter of WHATEVER art. Just my 2 cents.

  4. The biggest issue with Aikido is that most of the techniques were meant to be used against an attacker with a sword, or someone with absolutely no experience in combat at all. It failed to evolve with the times.

  5. Any belt is useless in some situation or other. Try using any martial art against a skilled sniper, explosives, poison, a raging hippo, a pride of lions, cartel gunmen, the North Korean Army, etc.

  6. Wow, last time I saw this channel was several years ago… and you're still milking the "aikido is useless" cow.
    Pretty pathetic. Just admit that you did 15 something years without understanding that the point of aikido was not to save you from a fight against a trained fighter.

  7. Wow Aikido has changed a lot since my time. The way it was explained to me is the kata and passive pair exercises teach us only spatial awareness—that's all the 'do' part. The Aiki if it comes, comes from within and best comes when the 'do' is internalized by risking some actually hard knocks, hard falls. There's no one without the other. What's behind this failing? When I departed regular participation in formal Aikido it wasn't so, believe me. Oh has this got something to do with everyone is afraid of personal injury liability? Don't teach/study martial arts if that's the problem.

  8. That means you were never trained properly and you continued in error. Then you thought becoming a “sensei” would some how give you super powers but your ego got clocked.

    Go to Japan and challenge a genuine Aikido sensei then tell me if Aikido doesnt work.

  9. Have you ever tried the original Arts Practiced by the Samurai? BJJ and Aikido are watered down versions of those arts. …And only focus on a few aspects of those arts.

  10. great video. I'm not sure who taught you Aikido, but giving in..is a like training thing, to get you to learn the moves.
    Who ever gave you your black belt, should be ashamed.
    If you are only able to pull of the moves, when a person gives… I find that funny as fuck.
    Great video still.
    At least the B.J.J. boys knew what's up.

  11. "BJJ blue belt (equivalent of black belt if you know anything about BJJ) beats non BJJ practitioner in grappling".. not exactly news, nor is it exactly a fair comment on aikido, nor any other martial art that you could have thrown into here.

    "Rolling" is not fighting. Rolling has rules, just like Aikido.

    All this video tells me is that you were an inexperience black belt.

    It's ok to learn new things and to be into those things, but slagging off an entire system because you weren't very good at it is a bit rich. The question isn't 'does aikido work' its 'can you make it work'. same question could be posed for BJJ or anything else.

  12. So glad i found your channel! Youre an amazing filmmaker, the visuals are incredible, the audio is great, wonderful camera work, these are really great videos!

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