Thread: Misconceptions of Aikido
10/24/2005 11:38am, #136Originally Posted by FictionPimp
"It's just a way to try to stop the fight before someone gets hurt." Yeah, by KILLING them? What is with the killing in some styles? I love how people can look down on MMA, and then accept Aikido or other "deadlies" who constantly proclaim that "if some drunk takes a swing at me, I'M GONNA KILL 'IM!!!112"
There's a police officer who trains Jujitsu where I train, because he feels it has principles and techniques that aid his job, among other things. So if Aikido KILLS people, how is that good for an officer of the law?
What I'm saying is, you should have left out the killing part.. it colors the entire post and makes it look like you're talking ****.
And here it affects how I read the rest of the post. You say you're no stranger to fighting, yet you seem to be under the impression that your aikido will kill people readily. And how the hell can you say a HARD style, trains MEDIUM contact? Or were you just talking about mainly striking? If so then I can understand.
I know a few people who won't agree with you on Krav Maga's choke defenses being strength dependant. And using TKD's non-existant self defense as an example does NOT make me turn around and see Aikido in a new light.
And we're back to the killing. Real world applications.. like KILLING people. And escalating situations to damage people severely because they hit you. Which is exactly what Aikido as I understand tries NOT to do. Which you say yourself, but then moments later ... enter the killing.
Conclusion? This may have been an OK post, but "the deadly" ALWAYS fucks it up.More human than human is our motto.
10/24/2005 11:39am, #137Originally Posted by Katsujinken
I mean, **** fighting when you can teleport their ass. Jurassic-Park-jitsu!
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10/24/2005 12:05pm, #138
Originally Posted by fanatical
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woah! you misread what I said. I NEVER said aikido is about killing anyone. I never said you can't use it because its too deadly. You need to re-read what I said. What I said is that if you respond to agression with agression that you will escalate the fight until someone gets killed or knocked out. Which is what aikido aims to stop, by being gentle. I think you just looked for the word killing and added in your own words.
When I said "If you hit me in the face, i'm going to respond with more agression. And this will only end with police or one of us being dead/or out cold." I ment that agression will only create more agression. This was ment to be a contrast to how aikido deals with the situation. In fact the only way I can see aikido killing someone is if I threw you and you accidently landed on something or your broke your neck. But that would be a very accidental and extreame case.
I mean, why on earth would I say that killing people is good to learn to move prisoners? That makes no sense.
So, one more time. Aikido aims to stop agression quickly through the use of distance, posture, attitude, throws and locks. It places speed agility and creativity over strenght and if done right will will allow you to control your agressor until he calms down in as gentle a way as possible for the situation.
Is that a realistic approach? Well that all depends on how creative you are I guess.
Could you do the same thing with judo or bjj? I'm sure you could.
Do I do aikido to kill people with my uber leet skills? LOL sure, I'm a ninja and ****. (For those of you who dont understand sarcasim, I do not do aikido to learn how to kill/hurt people)
*edit* I dont discount krav maga as a whole. Maybe my teacher sucked. But most of the choke defenses we learned did not work when I tested them against a physically stronger person. Maybe I wasn't in it long enough (about a year and 1/2). Or maybe my teacher just sucked (possible, it had a mcdojo feel). I do know a lot of the other things we learned were very useful to me and had a high rate of success against my partners.
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10/24/2005 12:42pm, #139
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Why is it the MA newbies are the ones to try and come here and teach us something. I've done Aikido longer this Katsu and never believed half the crap in his posts. ANYONE who says its easy to kill HAS NEVER DONE IT. I don't care what you think you learned you're FULL OF ****. You've never done it you don't even know what its like to take a live and you say its easy. FUCKING BULLSHIT. Then you have the TKD teenager! I did TKD before this kid was born, IN KOREA and yet posts as if he has something valid to say. What is going on with the kids today!?!?! (Oh **** am I getting OLD?!?!? OH GOD NO!!!)
Anyways KATSU READ THIS:
Interview with Mits Yamashita
By Susan Perry and Ronald Rubin
Reprinted with permission from Aikido Today Magazine
Mits Yamashita (Yoshinkan 5th dan) teaches self-defense at several LA-area colleges. Besides studying Aikido, he has trained in Tang Soo Do, Yanagi Jujitsu, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing, and Gracie-style Brazilian Jujitsu.
Sensei, please tell us a little about your background. Where did you grow up? How did you become interested in the martial arts?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I was educated in the Long Beach area. I attribute my background in the martial arts to my dad. He had been a street fighter in Japan before the war. Before he studied Judo, he would just beat people up - afterward, he would throw them around and get himself into deeper trouble. I think that's why he really didn't want me to study martial arts. He would take me to Judo schools, but he wouldn't urge me practice.
One day, when I was home sick from school, I heard someone say that a 13-year-old Aikido student who had gotten into an altercation was able to throw three boys effortlessly. That seemed impossible. I asked my friends whether they knew of any Aikido schools, but they said that there were none around.
A couple of years later, a friend told me about a nearby school, whose teacher was a man named Virgil Krank, a very nice guy. Krank's teacher, Tom Combes Sensei, had studied Aikido in Japan under Shioda Sensei. A year or two into my practice, my teacher invited Kimeda Sensei to come to the United States - just to visit, I think. But Kimeda Sensei stayed at the school for two years. He was a little guy, but he pushed much bigger people all over the mat. I was very impressed. I achieved black belt under Kimeda Sensei before he moved.
Around 1968, I assisted my instructor in an Aikido-based class at a local college for police. At the time, there were only two such defensive tactics classes in the state. Eventually, my instructor asked me to take over the class, and I reluctantly agreed. On the first day, I had a rude awakening, which I can still remember. I picked the biggest guy there and announced that, once I got him in sankyo, he wouldn't be able to get out. But he got out. He was a wrestler, and he tied me up like a pretzel. The other students formed a circle, like Indians around a covered wagon, whispering, "Watch the master - he'll be out in no time." But I couldn't get out; I was stuck there for 20 minutes until the guy let me up.
That was so humiliating that I decided to learn some wrestling, and I studied it for two or three years. I thought I got pretty good, and I was teaching wrestling moves along with Aikido. But wrestling didn't work for all the police in the class. Some of the female officers weren't strong enough to wrestle. Also, wrestling is weight-sensitive art: if you weigh 130 pounds, the odds of your beating a 150-pounder is almost nil. So, I became discouraged about wrestling. But I still knew that Aikido needs ground technique of some kind. If an Aikidoist takes a person to the ground, and the person squirms out of the pin, what is the Aikidoist going to do?
One day a Karate man came in and punched and kicked me all around the room. "It's time to learn Karate," I figured. So, I studied Karate for 12 years. I studied with Chuck Norris when he was just starting, and I got my second-degree black belt under him.
"Now," I thought, "my martial arts are complete. I have the joint locks of Aikido, the kicking and punching of Karate, and the groundwork of wrestling." But a boxer came in and boxed me all over the place. I figured I had to learn a little boxing.
I thought that, by learning various arts, I could fill in the gap and orient Aikido more toward self-defense. I was teaching police officers who had to go out every night and use what they had learned, and I wasn't confident in telling them, "Just go out there and do kotegaeshi."
Did you ever find what you were looking for?
What brought everything together for me was the Brazilian Jujitsu of the Gracie family. A policeman who was one of my students told me about a new form of Jujitsu that focused on ground grappling, and my ears perked up. When I went to look at the art, Rorion Grace (who later became my teacher) introduced me to his father, Master Helio Gracie, who was then 75 years old. "Mits, this is my dad," Rorion said. "He says that he wants to wrestle you." Knowing that Helio only spoke Portuguese, I said to Rorion, "I'm stronger than he is, and I'm in great shape. Your father looks old to me." To my surprise, Rorion translated what I had said for his father - and then he translated the reply for me: "My dad says that now he really wants to wrestle you - and, if you go easy with him, he's going to hurt you." I thought, "Oh, my goodness!"
When we grappled, it was no contest. I attacked this man, who was 75 years old and weighed about 130 pounds, with everything I had, but there was nothing I could do to him! He would neutralize my attacks without breaking a sweat. He would hold me down, laugh, and talk to his son while I was struggling. If I did manage get out of a hold, he would put me in another. For 30 minutes, I was humiliated.______
Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai (Laughing Proud Warrior Invincible Asia) Dark Emperor of Baji!!!
Didn't anyone ever tell him a fat man could never be a ninja
You can't practice Judo just to win a Judo Match! You practice so that no matter what happens, you can win using Judo!The key to fighting two men at once is to be much tougher than both of them.
10/24/2005 12:52pm, #140
10/24/2005 1:11pm, #141
But....all that training and Mits still got his ass kicked.
Maybe he should have taken up knitting?
10/24/2005 5:41pm, #142
Well, this thread has already gone on quite a ways, but let me take you all back to the days of page 1, when Katsusomething said...And I'm not stupid
...Probably not, but you have to admit, I tried.
10/24/2005 6:13pm, #143
Plasmagoat said...You are actually baiting me right now.
11/12/2005 6:18pm, #144Originally Posted by Janggoon
What a charming statement. Do you have any evidence to back it up? Which is comparable to the evidence given in this thread about ways in which most aikido falls short?
11/12/2005 6:23pm, #145Originally Posted by Sigil222
Yes. They blend together perfectly. Brazilian Jujitsu is the only art that compliments Aikido. The arts have the same basic principles.
Very good article.
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11/12/2005 7:21pm, #146
What is this article you speak of!?"Prison is for rapists, thieves and murderers. If you lock someone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy, you're the fucking criminal." - Joe Rogan
El Guapo says dance!
11/13/2005 9:37am, #147
boy, i wish i'd caught this one earlier. yeah, everybody's heard how aikido is the **** when in aikido class, what they don't tell you is all the material you are missing and how even after 4, 5, or 10 years you still don't know anything about take down defenses or even the basics of ground skill. this poor guy is a child lost in the woods.
Anyone who says that fighting doesn't require any strength must be talking about fighting with children. Ueshiba was a frickin' nut job. Got two words of advice for aikido guy: Judo Tournament. Try "floating" while some huge guerilla with 4 months of training tries to pull your arms out of their sockets in an attempt to smash you into the ground in anyway that he can.
Also, on the," it can't be practiced safely" note, I know, in theory what you are talking about. Problem is, grabbing someone by the neck isn't as deadly as you think and isn't applied as easily as you seem to think. Breaking bones... have you ever seen anyone with a broken bone in class... no you practice safely. I've had one broken bone in my life when a bush hog on the back of a tractor swung out, knocked me feet out from under me and ran it's sled over my shin. That freaking tractor was heavy. It crushed my ankle like a beer can and I couldn't walk for 6 months without crutches.
Other than that, I've been in lot's of fights (I'm a jackass), had 2 whole tours of duty in the army, had huge fucking guerrilla's try to destroy my arms in judo using ALOT of the same techniques they use in aikido without any contraints as to how hard they apply them, been dropped from at least 6 feet in the air multiple times during randori and competition, hell most painful memory is of a guy well over 300 lbs picking me up, literally jumping up and driving me into the ground with my ribs in between his shoulder and the very very hard ground and I never ever broke anything. Am i lucky or do i have teh skillz? Hell no, I'm a wreckless clumsy accident prone son of a bitch. I've been to the emergency room for stitches nearly every year since i was 19.
Limbs are very hard to break. Joints are very hard to break. Why? Because they are surrounded by supporting tissue. Muscles, ligaments, cartilage all of which keep bones pliable, absorb pressure and hold joints together. Hell, not one of those arm bars, wrist locks, or throws are going to be done without using strength when your opponent is resisting. If you think otherwise, get a green belt judoka to sign a waiver and test ueshiba's theories. Use a huge mat and get one of your young aikido guys in there to give it test drive. Or, go to a Bullshido throwdown. Where people will be happy to politely test it for you. This guys aren't that bad, sure some of us talk alot of trash but person to person these guys are rational and not think with their fists first kinds of guys. If that were so, we'd all be posting from a correctional facilty.
So where do you live? Just ask someone on here who lives near you to come along. Say you don't want to make a big deal out of it, don't get worked up, and I'm hoping they won't get worked up either. Keep it professional and give a twirl. If you don't feel like something is seriously wrong afterwards, then good for you. Otherwise, take some BJJ, Judo, or art with similar technical qualities and see how you feel about Aikido afterwards.
Man, I'm going to shoot straight with you here. I was an aikido personage for quite some time in Tomiki ryu aikido. The material is technically sound, but philosophically flawed and broadly misrepresented. Hell, most of your instructors probably believe every word of it... that's the issue isn't it. Every word coming from anyone isn't always true is it? When all of the voices used to determine a given ideology are 100% united then they are either 100% right, or fatally flawed.
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11/13/2005 10:10am, #148Originally Posted by Katsujinken
Being an 'internal' style doesn't let you sidestep those basic requirements.
11/13/2005 5:27pm, #149
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Aikido is supposed to be an art of peace, NOT the art of fighting. If you want to fight well, then fight full contact to knock out as often as possible with highly skilled fighters. If you want to learn aikido, then train aikido as often as possible with highly skilled aikidoka. Anything in between is pure bullshido.
11/13/2005 5:48pm, #150Originally Posted by BSONE
Then Aikido isn't a Martial Art. It is cultural preservation of joint locks.
This is why Aikido is going the way of exercise Tai Chi. It is hard to find fighting teachers of these 2 styles because of BS like what you just said.