Twenty years of sparring with Aikido- this is the second part of a three part series outlining my journey to understanding what Aikido is. I went through several iterations of what I believed the art to be, from Japanese Jujutsu, ro some similar fighting art- to a “mobile weapon platform”. In this part I talk about how I came to understand the lack of clinch work in Aikido, as well as how multiple attackers worked, and bring that all back to the seed of truth I found in my fight with the Dog Brothers doing full contact stick fighting. In this explanation you can see why something like Aikido vs. MMA or Aikido vs. BJJ is a silly question- Aikido is just a different kind of system.
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