York Shodokan Aikido (UK)
Aikido gets a lot of stick here - much of it well justified. However this is a style of Aikido that encourages training against a resisting opponent:5shocking .
The York club is a adults only club but mixes both degree students for the York St John university college and town members from the local area. I am told that this style forms the basis of the police retraining techniques taught in the UK and certianly there seems to be a high level of police involvement in this style across the country. Including several Law enforcement officers on the instructing team in York including the senior instructor. The techniques taught are largely sports based and practised against a partner that is actively resisting being thrown.
I have trained in several different aikido styles (and other arts) over the last 20 years (ki-aikido, aikikai and even played with Takeda Ryu and Kase Arasi Ryu people) but this is the first time I have felt real 'aliveness' in an Aikido dojo.
Having said that it is still aikido. There is limited work on effective striking (5 different hand attacks plus basic knife thrusts), no realistic ground work and very little weapons. Sparring is limited to a basic knife thrust starting position then Judo like vertical grappling with the use of the 5 strikes when grabbed.
I have seen prettier aikido but hardly ever aikido that is as affective. Worth a look if you are in the area.
Last edited by jcasford; 5/20/2008 4:17pm at .
While this is certainly interesting....
It is not an 8. Please watch the videos here and edit your rating accordingly.
Originally Posted by http://www.york-aikido.org/moin.cgi/Randori_Competition
RATINGS: How Do Aliveness.....does your school look like this? - No BS Martial Arts
Given your own statements, which one of the following more accurately represents the grappling taught here....
Originally Posted by jcasford
I would say it is a 4-5. Please edit your ratings accordingly.
Originally Posted by Rating Standards
PS - Don't take it personally, I'm this hard on every body who posts a review here. We are trying to adhere to the rating standards as strictly as possible to provide people with a more objective overview of a school.
Thanks for your advice GD.
I did look at these before I posted originally and while I probably did over rate the grappling, I still think the 'aliveness' is up there. Looking at the Judo bouts and the BJJ clip we do work that hard. Admittedly - not all the time, but sparring is part of every training session. The risk of injury is real in our training - I have walked out with a dislocated shoulder and elbow injuries that have put me out of training for up to 3 months and I am not the only one. Fortunately A&E is almost opposite the dojo. These techniques are also part of the UK police training and LEO instructors help keep it practical. Guess that makes it a 7
As for the grappling - yes I got this too high. Fair cop. In my defence I would say this is more than single sub range stuff as we work from striking range into close clinch. I would also point out that aikido is good at working body positioning for defence against multiple attackers and this is missing from most sports and one on one practise. Ok, Ok this is not grappling so I will drop to a 5 here.
More generally Tomiki broke from Ueshiba early in Aikido's history and what is taught is much closer to Kodokan Judo than 'traditional' aikido.
Last edited by jcasford; 5/20/2008 4:27pm at .
You train there, so if after looking at the reference videos you feel that your Aliveness rating is accurate, so be it.
You don't come across as a "School Zealot" so your explanation is sufficient.
Thanks for the review and your edits.
So an average of 5/10 then, not bad. Certainly worth checking out