Takedowns and Pinning in Aikido.

This video will show you all of my thinking on how Aikido pins work. As usual , everything in this video is from the perspective of my approach, explaining the way I understand Aikido to work. This is a really long video and isn’t for anyone who is not seriously interested in my viewpoint on pins- it can be boring if you’re not ready for it- you’ve been warned!

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  1. Many years ago, my brother dropped a wooden tanto on the floor while I was engaged in Keiko randori with a student. Completely changed our views on groundwork and grappling. Great video as always. I've always felt that the techniques that I had learned in Aikido were best suited for when you easily had the ability to destroy the opponent but chose not to. Choosing the path of peace rather than simply injuring and killing.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I deeply enjoyed this longer, more-in-depth video! However, I’m very grateful for anything you choose to share, especially for free. 🙏

  3. Great. Another problem I have with double leg etc is that it will go to the ground. Very effective in a cage but in the street the ground is a very dangerous place to be. Effectiveness does not always equate to practicalality

  4. Also Chris I do not find much on the omote kakae dori/front bodyhold on YouTube. What aikido techniques can be pull off from omote kakae dori and what aikido curriculum offers to break out of kakae dori. Much appreciated if you covered it

  5. Hey Chris, you don't hold the martial view of aiki being deployed in kumiuchi? For example "going with the flow" of opponent; let's say opponent is pushing force against you then you pull and by so adding their force unto yours? So basically merging the direction of force with opponent's until they fall into the trap of the waza. Basically using their weight/force against themselves.

    Also that was a great start with the mune dori pull, and you don't have way stronger to pull off a throw from mune dori if you employ the aiki principle when pushing and pulling. If they resist your pull then you push in the direction they resist and vice versa.

    I think you have elaborated somewhat about this in the kanren waza series but you wouldn't coin this term as aiki?

    Take care and hope josh gets better

  6. There is tons of clues about why aikido is an art for armed struggle. Why is it so misunderstood among practitioners? I mean there is people in YouTube that has practiced the art for decades and still have no clue and try to make it work in combat sports context?

  7. I would argue that the high percentage takedowns as described are only effective in a situation that involve rules. I don’t need a weapon to gouge out an eye. My hanshi stated many, many times that to beat any system, read the rules and do everything the as proscribed. MMA folks don’t realize that are many things that can go wrong on the street, where you’re not protected by rules.

  8. Superb explanation as per usual. When you explain things that way, Aikido is actually the most practical Art for real world situations. Those Samurai lived dangerous lives it would appear. Great presentation.

  9. Interesting take! The armed and multiple attackers idea I think can be solved via judo/jjj takedowns but judo doesnt have ude osae. I think the intensity of judo style randori gets people to be able to do those high percentage takedowns well. Sumo does have ude osae and judo intensity randori. I think most aikido not having a seoi or a more developed koshi nage is interesting as well since those techniques are shown in the koryu and judo kata as being good for an attack with a weapon.
    The koryu also show newaza with someone facing up, but for this armed context I can understand just showing the turnovers

  10. ah, so that is rokkyo, what I do usually is actually rokkyo, not ikkyo. but ikkyo is the second move I do the most. because after rokkyo, you can pin your opponent down while you are in standing up position

    well, I have experiencing it that aikido move is actually good for fighting one on one, though you cant use it in mma because mma ban small joint control. if you can just use one skill for so many occasions then you dont need to remember massive amount of things which is the best for me

  11. Excellent presentation, and love the self-defense context. Too many people try to find the "fight" in grappling oriented martial arts, when that was never the point.

  12. When I worked as an armed and unarmed security guard (did VIP as well), we learned Aikido for EXACTLY the reasons you state: never go down to the ground and be able to separate, make distance and use our weapon! There's another gentleman on YouTube (I'll leave him unnamed) who teaches a somewhat similar theory…though his Aikido is much more violent. Teaching the "make an accord" vs "dominate" doctrine is, I feel, a closer interpretation of the original than the more violent teachings of Aikido.But, between the two of you, I feel like people can understand what Aikido is good for historically and in a modern sense!

    It's so nice to see someone who is a practitioner who understands it and refuses to shit all over it (like a certain Aikido youtuber who has turned "MMA"). Thank you for the excellent videos, the amazing insights, and the far more realistic ideas with Aikido!

  13. Question – Just on the battlefield or weapons scenario of your video explanation, the samurai used other jujitsu styles that also had to survive those situations is it fair to say O'sensei "watered down" alot or too much cause Aikijutsu seams closer to other koryu styles of jujitsu than aikido and has some ground fighting. O'sensei must have really determined for BUDO . Is it possible to show difference of YOSHINKAN and later BUDO aikido and why as far as I know threw out even the Aikijutsu unarmed ground fighting scenario and went REALLY SOFT FLOWERY let's say cause Aikijutsu moves different from aikido even the technique

  14. Great stuff as always. It's amazing how many people don't understand context with aikido and are obsessed with trying to make aikido work by trying to catch punches and attempt wrist locks and takedowns with the arm and other such predetermined techniques they see as aikido, believing that is what aikido is. They then wonder why it is extremely difficult to do. It seems not enough teachers explain this or even know it themselves.

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