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4/01/2012 11:46am,
How good is the grappling? is it good for self defense on the street? Is it practical or all for show?

There is a lot of stuff out there pretending to be DRAJ. Some is Aikido, others are different forms of JJJ. Traditional DRAJ looks like Aikido, shares similar techniques and is practiced in a very structured and formal manner. Personally I think it's a terrible way to train for self defense. Too much time spent on intricate, "techniquey" moves designed for unrealistic attacks (wrist grabs, the old overhead chop attack). No live randori or sparring. An "attack line" of ukes coming one at a time towards a tori is about as alive as it gets. Judo, boxing, wrestling, BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai, Sambo, Kick Boxing, Kyokushin or Enshin Karate would be preferable.