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GhostBushid0
3/31/2011 8:06pm,
ok before folks pull out their flamethrowers and kill me read what im writing first. Ok so for the past few months i have been doing judo and bjj but i have always had an interest in aikido but never took the leap due to the fact of is it bs or is it effective. Now my judo is a very cool opertunity for me but its expensive and i have to travel far to practice once a month. my main question is how close or far apart are judo and aikido and what are pros and cons for both thanx!

Rock Ape
3/31/2011 8:14pm,
JUDO

it's widely available and cheap too.

Just Guess
3/31/2011 10:29pm,
Having never done Aikido I can only give my impressions of the difference from a Judo based perspective. Both Judo and Aikido share some concepts about using timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance and throw someone but make different presumptions. The starting assumption in Judo is basically that you're starting from a grip and then attempt to apply techniques, while in Aikido the basic assumption is that you're being attacked from striking distance or someone starts an attack by gripping your wrist/lapel. As a result, with Judo throws there are almost always at least two points of contact, while many Aikido throws will either have only one point of contact or use a joint lock, which is dangerous. Judo also has a well developed set of newaza techniques, which Aikido doesn't. I feel this gives Judo a strong training advantage since you can practice at full speed and power against a resisting opponent without too high a chance of a serious injury, although accidents do happen.

If you really want to do Aikido that badly, and access to Judo is to expensive and time consuming for you, then just go with Aikido. You don't need to come here to get justification to do something you really want to do.

One thing I really like about Judo; you can find plenty of examples of the throws working outside of a demonstration setting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNa4QkCuor8

BKR
4/01/2011 12:21am,
JUDO

it's widely available and cheap too.

Glad to see you are well, and Good Hunting!

Ben

Jim_Jude
4/01/2011 1:12am,
ok before folks pull out their flamethrowers and kill me read what im writing first. Ok so for the past few months i have been doing judo and bjj but i have always had an interest in aikido but never took the leap due to the fact of is it bs or is it effective. Now my judo is a very cool opertunity for me but its expensive and i have to travel far to practice once a month. my main question is how close or far apart are judo and aikido and what are pros and cons for both thanx!

There is very little Aikido that you'll find in the long run to be effective. (Most of the guys I know who can be effective with aikido also do judo) but IF you can find a Nishio Aikido school, chances are you may find something effective, the founder keeps other arts and their attacks in mind when he started the school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9PTMSwr1h0
I've done a little Nishio style and it's about the best you're going to find when it comes to aikido.

Oonjuk
4/01/2011 2:00am,
As one of those guys who does both Judo and Aikido, I would have to recommend you to do Judo first, and then if you are still interested, take Aikido. I love Aikido and I started off martial art with it, but it is more of a supplement martial art.

Good description of the technical difference between Aikido and Judo:

Having never done Aikido I can only give my impressions of the difference from a Judo based perspective. Both Judo and Aikido share some concepts about using timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance and throw someone but make different presumptions. The starting assumption in Judo is basically that you're starting from a grip and then attempt to apply techniques, while in Aikido the basic assumption is that you're being attacked from striking distance or someone starts an attack by gripping your wrist/lapel. As a result, with Judo throws there are almost always at least two points of contact, while many Aikido throws will either have only one point of contact or use a joint lock, which is dangerous. Judo also has a well developed set of newaza techniques, which Aikido doesn't. I feel this gives Judo a strong training advantage since you can practice at full speed and power against a resisting opponent without too high a chance of a serious injury, although accidents do happen.

I think most people have stated over and over the many benefits of Judo and disadvantages of Aikido, so I wanted to just point out pros of Aikido according to my own experience.
Pros of Aikido
-Aikido lacks resistance training but because you are doing compliance training, you are pretty much guaranteed to be thrown by nage (thrower) as an uke (attacker) and you get to do lot more break falls, so your break falls improve. For example, within 10 minutes of Judo Randori, you have been thrown maybe 3 times because you threw your partner more than you got thrown. Within same time slot, you been thrown at least 12 times and you threw the other guy 12 times in Aikido drill because it's a compliance training. Also, it improves your rolls for similar reasons.
-Both Judo and Aikido share some concepts about using timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance and throw someone, but as Just Guess pointed out, Aikido relies on one point of contact or joint lock, which make Aikido techniques highly likely to completely fail if not executed properly to the finest detail. So you get to be more conscious and careful about timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance (with Judo, if first attempt fails, I can always try to use that failed attempt as a set up for trying different throw next).
-My sensei always says, "disregard mystified descriptions of concept of aiki involving magical ki." Her best way to explain concept of aiki without all the ki bullshit was: aiki is about making contact with your uke and feeling his/her balance and intentions. If you feel his balance is weak to the right help him fall on the right side. If you feel that your uke is trying push you to a certain direction, don't fight it, help him go to the direction he wants but make sure you are out of his way and he is on the floor by the end of it. I think being conscious of concept of aiki described by my Aikido sensei helped me a lot in Judo randori, where I am always trying to feel for my partner's balance to do a counter throw. (ex: my friend was coming in with a his right foot to do a Kouchi Gari, so I quickly step my right foot around and forward and did a Osoto Gari by helping his right foot to keep on going forward).

I hope I wrote pros of Aikido without any bullshit, but as you can see, all these benefits are there only if you already train in other systems like Judo or BJJ, which is why I call Aikido an supplement martial art. However, I would recommend that you should try out both Judo and Aikido yourself, and decide for yourself which you like better.

bobyclumsyninja
4/01/2011 2:19am,
If I had to distill my opinion down, I'd simply say, you'll feel cooler in Aikido, and you'll get more martial benefit from Judo. Both will help you get/stay in shape, and both will help your break-fall ability.

Jim_Jude
4/01/2011 2:22am,
As one of those guys who does both Judo and Aikido, I would have to recommend you to do Judo first, and then if you are still interested, take Aikido. I love Aikido and I started off martial art with it, but it is more of a supplement martial art.

Good description of the technical difference between Aikido and Judo:


I think most people have stated over and over the many benefits of Judo and disadvantages of Aikido, so I wanted to just point out pros of Aikido according to my own experience.
Pros of Aikido
-Aikido lacks resistance training but because you are doing compliance training, you are pretty much guaranteed to be thrown by nage (thrower) as an uke (attacker) and you get to do lot more break falls, so your break falls improve. For example, within 10 minutes of Judo Randori, you have been thrown maybe 3 times because you threw your partner more than you got thrown. Within same time slot, you been thrown at least 12 times and you threw the other guy 12 times in Aikido drill because it's a compliance training. Also, it improves your rolls for similar reasons.
-Both Judo and Aikido share some concepts about using timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance and throw someone, but as Just Guess pointed out, Aikido relies on one point of contact or joint lock, which make Aikido techniques highly likely to completely fail if not executed properly to the finest detail. So you get to be more conscious and careful about timing, positioning, and leverage to off balance (with Judo, if first attempt fails, I can always try to use that failed attempt as a set up for trying different throw next).
-My sensei always says, "disregard mystified descriptions of concept of aiki involving magical ki." Her best way to explain concept of aiki without all the ki bullshit was: aiki is about making contact with your uke and feeling his/her balance and intentions. If you feel his balance is weak to the right help him fall on the right side. If you feel that your uke is trying push you to a certain direction, don't fight it, help him go to the direction he wants but make sure you are out of his way and he is on the floor by the end of it. I think being conscious of concept of aiki described by my Aikido sensei helped me a lot in Judo randori, where I am always trying to feel for my partner's balance to do a counter throw. (ex: my friend was coming in with a his right foot to do a Kouchi Gari, so I quickly step my right foot around and forward and did a Osoto Gari by helping his right foot to keep on going forward).

I hope I wrote pros of Aikido without any bullshit, but as you can see, all these benefits are there only if you already train in other systems like Judo or BJJ, which is why I call Aikido an supplement martial art. However, I would recommend that you should try out both Judo and Aikido yourself, and decide for yourself which you like better.

Good points! & I agree, these arts work well together. There are definite benefits to doing two or even three of these arts, they complement well.

NeilG
4/01/2011 9:07am,
Disclaimer: I have one season of Aikido, vs about a dozen in judo.


-Aikido lacks resistance training but because you are doing compliance training, you are pretty much guaranteed to be thrown by nage (thrower) as an uke (attacker) and you get to do lot more break falls, so your break falls improve.In my very limited experience, the aikido ukemi is always circular, and they don't spend much time if any learning how to take a hard fall. Unless your judo practice is strictly randori, you will get to do plenty of ukemi practice - in our club, we practice it specifically each class, plus you take a bunch of falls practicing throws, plus during randori we often go throw for throw. Finally if you learn kata you will spend a lot of time hitting the mat.


If I had to distill my opinion down, I'd simply say, you'll feel cooler in Aikido, and you'll get more martial benefit from Judo. Both will help you get/stay in shape, and both will help your break-fall ability.I found the techniques in aikido very interesting, but the vibe at my club was very crunchy-granola. I suspect that most of the people there would be shocked, shocked to learn that the techniques we were practicing could be used to hurt people. We're all just "blending", don't you know. I don't think I ever broke much of a sweat during aikido. There's a lot of variance from club to club, of course - I know some clubs practice hard. But a lot of them are like mine was. So from the perspective of just getting in shape, judo wins hands-down for me.

Mostly, I just prefer the competitive nature of judo, the set of rules that lets you play the other guy hard with minimal risk of injury. That's completely missing from aikido.

Ignorami
4/01/2011 9:13am,
IF you can find a Nishio Aikido school, chances are you may find something effective.. I've done a little Nishio style and it's about the best you're going to find when it comes to aikido.

I wish I'd discovered Nishio Aikido a lot earlier in my training.

Almost as much as I wish I spent longer training Judo as a kid.

To the OP - do both.

Rock Ape
4/01/2011 10:55am,
Nisho's iaido was also pretty damn awesome.

He created Aiki Toho Iai based on his knowledge of aikido and iaido.

captainbirdseye
4/01/2011 1:39pm,
Just out of interest, as I plan to do aikido in about ten years or so, how much time have the aikidokas on the board trained in other martial arts for?

Also, is it true about the hot chicks?

Ignorami
4/01/2011 1:48pm,
Just out of interest, as I plan to do aikido in about ten years or so, how much time have the aikidokas on the board trained in other martial arts for?

Aikido 20yrs (current)
Kali 1 year (current)
Muay Thai 3 months (current)
Judo 2 years (stopped)
Booj Ninjin' 18 months (stopped)


Also, is it true about the hot chicks?

We've only had two hot chicks so far, but they were fucking A grade smokin' hot!

Oonjuk
4/01/2011 2:34pm,
In my very limited experience, the aikido ukemi is always circular, and they don't spend much time if any learning how to take a hard fall. Unless your judo practice is strictly randori, you will get to do plenty of ukemi practice - in our club, we practice it specifically each class, plus you take a bunch of falls practicing throws, plus during randori we often go throw for throw. Finally if you learn kata you will spend a lot of time hitting the mat.

-Just for clarification, when you say "circular" are you talking about tenkan? I don't want to misunderstand your question and answer in gibberish. Not all Aikido technique practiced end up in a hard fall, but I would say I am lucky that several guys in my Aikido club like to throw people pretty hard and I need to break fall properly unless I want to get hurt.
-My uni's judo club is about 20% Drill+Conditioning, 40% tachiwaza randori, 40% newaza rolling, so probably not enough ukemi practice.


Just out of interest, as I plan to do aikido in about ten years or so, how much time have the aikidokas on the board trained in other martial arts for?
Also, is it true about the hot chicks?
Aikido-2.5 years
Judo-3 months
BJJ-3 months
MMA-2 months
And no, I am yet to see hot Aikido chicks... but I've seen couple of hot Judo chicks.

NeilG
4/01/2011 3:19pm,
-Just for clarification, when you say "circular" are you talking about tenkan? No, tenkan is just a method for stepping offline or around. By circular I mean that mostly, and I stress again in my limited experience, we just took nice big rolls. Very seldom did we do anything where we got drilled straight down into the mats as so often happens in judo. I didn't see any aikido technique that was the equivalent of a judo shoulder or hip technique - mostly you just get projected forward or back. Although I guess you could take a reasonably hard fall from iriminage, I never saw it - we just rolled back in a cooperative fashion.

As far as the chicks go - way more of them in general in aikido than in judo.

GhostBushid0
4/01/2011 4:28pm,
im not sure if i wrote this but i also train bjj my only concern is i want a style for self defense as in judo (just about 6 classes so far) i don't see much self defense other than throws and some sweeps so i figured if aikido was legit it would be ok?