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About Aikido - How To Make The Techniques More Street Ready

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

When I hear people talk about Aikido, it is generally a description of how the aikido techniques are graceful, or how they don't work. This enters the old argument, do you want form or function? This can further be refined as, do you want force or flow?

If one inspects Aikido History, and here we are looking directly to Morihei Ueshiba, one needs examine two specific martial arts. One should consider Daito Ryu Aiki Ju Jitsu, and one should consider the techniques of the sword and spear. These are the two most important martial arts from which Aikido is created.

Daito ryu Aiki Ju Jitsu was founded a millennium ago. After a tumultuous time in Japan's history, the samurai who had survive countless battles were gathered and asked for the most workable techniques. They ended up with a list of over 3,000 solid martial techniques.

About Aikido sword and spear techniques, these are from a variety of martial schools spread throughout Japan. While a few of schools could be focused on, the fact of the matter is that techniques are shared, and there will be a commonality here. This holds for the martial arts of both the sword and the spear.

The direct result of this combining of the arts of Daito Ryu and sword and spear is plain to see. The attacks executed in Aikido training are drawn from the sword or the spear. They tend to be wide and easy, and some people think that this makes Aikido less than adequate as it is based on handling attacks one would not see on modern streets.

The defenses, again, are large. They are drawn from Daito Ryu, but they are wide arcs and curves, instead of the tight geometry one would need in modern self defense movements. This fact, of wide and large being the faulty geometry, is the key to tightening up Aikido.

Go at a slower rate of motion (in the beginning), and make the geometry of the attack tighter. Instead of the large circle of a chopping hand coming down like a sword, come off the elbow and make the circle of attack tighter, and let the defender adapt to street fast attacks. And, instead of the slow motion of the wrist grab, translate the movement into a quick fist, and let the defender learn to move in a combat manner.

These two things should cure any person who dares to think that Aikido is less than street ready. One should, of course, take their aikido training at a slower pace, and take the time to adjust their body movements and harmony, so that there are no harmful accidents, and so that Uke can adjust to the fact that he is going to be thrown quick and fast, and not in ballet fashion. These simple things done, none will ever think less about aikido again.

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