How old are you??? Unless you have a severe problem with your back, try judo. BJJ or some other form of grappling would do fine... incredibly fine if I may say. There were dudes in their 50's doing BJJ for the first time where I used to take classes. As Pointy mentioned, perhaps BJJ would be a better choice for ya.
Pirate, shouldn't boxing also be a good way to go????
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Most of the people on this board know as much about aikido as you do. If you are still interested in aikido despite the rave reviews it receives here then I'm sure you will find several options in your area. Do your homework first and make sure that aikido is what you are really interested in (as opposed to judo, BJJ, boxing, all very good styles which will give you a great workout). Some aikido school love to spend their time cultivating magic powers and bantering on about this philosophical point or that. I would suggest a good Yoshinkan or Tomiki Ryu school if you want aikido an also want a good workout. You can get a killer workout in aikido at the proper school.
Many aikido schools have a disturbingly large number of accidents and injuries. While you can get hurt doing any martial art, Aikidoka seem far more accident prone than Judo or Bjj. When I did Aikido one of my instructor's gripes against mainstream Aikido was that many of them had the attitude that injuries are Ukes fault for not falling right, which is a bullshit excuse for bad technique and general dickery.
Also, If you want to get fit, Aikido wont do it nearly as well as BJJ, boxing, or Judo. I've done all three and Aikido is the easiest by far.
While bad over agressive training can be a problem at any school, it seems to be more prevalent within Aikido
Last edited by rino86; 5/31/2006 2:05pm at .
on hot days you may even break a sweat ^^
Originally Posted by Chushin Ryoku
I find aikido to be a poor workout. I wouldn't suggest it if your main goal is to get in shape.
i'll echo the judo suggestion. one of the neater martial arts related things i've seen was a 90 year old hanshi playing uke for a judo demonstration. i've never seen anyone breakfall and stand up so quickly, quietly, or fluidly. i wonder if i've got that on dvd...
it's true for everybody, but doubly so for old people: it's more about the instructor than the style. find someone who knows what the **** he's doing and understands what limits you may (or may not) have, and knows how to teach, and you'll be golden.
Last edited by pauli; 5/31/2006 3:27pm at .
Rino86 did you study Aikido at Nick Chamberlain's Kempo place in Dallas?
Aikido is simply the most harmless parts of Japanese Jujitsu, run through a filter of hippie bullshit, and dishonestly marketed as a fighting art.
If you want to learn how to grapple, don't bother with Aikido. It's like learning how to cook Itallian food without using pasta or tomatoes.
Not only hurting but blaming your training partner is general dickery more so than bad technique, IMO.
Originally Posted by rino86
Accidents may happen, but training partners during play are not opponents.
Don't break your toys. ... at least, not on purpose. :smile:
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Originally Posted by Phrost
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