Twenty years of Aikido sparring pt 2



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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20 comments

  1. Respect from here. If I remember right, Ueshiba told every attack is deadly. … But that is not truly so in any combat sport or aikido nevertheless. But, if you consider attack with weapon…. Ueshiba was man seen war, it was hard to understand to me too, did he really create somerhing that useless. As a weaponsystem, it changes a lot.

  2. do you think there's room for aikido to evolve into an art which also covers clinch work and active disarmament of an armed opponent?
    what is the other guy also draws a weapon? can aikido answer that and give you an edge in a fight like that?

  3. This is excellent stuff. You're the only expert ive ever encountered who shares my view. For me the solution (part 3) Is tricky. You have the blade but you do not have the intention to harm. Rather, the blade is solely a means to exercise control. Good luck explaining that in a court of law though! I look forward to your part 3! Excellent stuff

  4. Some aikido works, as this man says it's all about when, how and where – all about the context. Thai kicks are great, for instance, but no good on the ground – left uppercuts to the head don't work if you're in kicking range. Osoti Gari is useless in a punching exchange when you don't have a grip on your opponent, but is great if you do. I don't train in aikido, but one guy i wrestle with does and he does pull off aikido moves now and then (and they hurt!!) – he pulls them off when the moment arrives and never when they don't. Love these videos. Great insights.

  5. A lot of styles that people say don't work in a real fight aren't actually taught properly. If they started teaching Karate, for example, the right way tonight, by tomorrow morning 99% of the people doing world-wide would have dropped out.

  6. I think aikido is open to interpretation honestly
    It's how you train it and where you use it that I think is the problem
    Also comparing it to a mma cage fight sport is pointless, they are 2 different thing so I dont even bother talking to people who compare the two
    Although pairing aikido with some close striking and clinch work, especially stuff like muay thai, I think can be very effective.

  7. Fascinating, I might say. What do you think about Dan Wolfman doing aikido just as a part of grappling, like in a wrestling situation going for a nikyo suddenly? He seems to be able to make that work? And besides, why to bother so much with wrist graps? The techniques at least in aikikai are studied from so many different variations that I always thought wrist grabs just as a way to teach the concept in the beginning. Somebody grapping your shirt with both hands is a pretty common thing to happen at least where I come from, why you could not create distraction with atemi and proceed with ikkyo or nikyo or whatever? Does it work against a wrestler or judoka? Hell no, at least in my skill level (2. kyu, nowadays more into amateur boxing and keyboard warrioring), but I would not completely disregard aikido as non-armed combat either, but you really need good atemis to make it work. Or what is your experience, you don’t really discuss atemi that much unless I missed something?

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