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    Having studied Aikido for almost 9 years now, I can see how a lot of people can think that Aikido techniques are either unrealistic or ineffective. Part of this is due, in no small part, to some really lousy Aikido out there, like the flowery, make believe sort of stuff you see nowadays. But, it must be stressed that this is not the fault of Aikido as an art, but instead is solely the fault of the teacher who either willingly, or through ignorance, chooses not stress the martial aspect of the art.

    Another huge problem plaguing the Aikido community is the lack of qualified weapons training. Aikido, as an art, is based on the sword. It's movement are that of the sword. Aikido does not throw, it cuts. This is part of the problem you see when someone attempts an Aikido technique with attitude of throwing an opponent. It just doesn't work that way.

    What's more, Aikido techniques are designed to fail if you try to muscle your way through them. You can't, unless of course you're substantially stronger than your opponent, throw someone who doesn't want to be thrown. You have to use technique, not brute force.

    Another common complaint I hear about Aikido is that it takes many years to develop competency in. This is to another fallacy. Ueshiba Sensei never said that you had to spend 10 years training to become competent. In fact, he said that if you paid attention and applied yourself dilligently, you could expect results in six months. A famous historical example of this would the famed Sumo wrestler Tenryu whom Ueshiba Sensei trained in roughly that same amount of time.

    My personal opinion is that if there isn't any serious wepaons training (sword/jo) going on in an Aikido dojo, then you ought to find one that offers it, because unless you can cut with a sword, you're just not going to get it.


      Originally posted by lostitagain View Post
      The principles of the art are sound, however it does take a long time to gain enough proficiency in the techniques before you can practice them with aliveness. On the rare occasion that I and my sensei are the only people at practice we will sometimes spar, him drawing on his karate background and I on my judo background. The Aikido that comes out of these sessions looks nothing like what you'll see in the videos of demonstrations and it tends to be the same few techniques: Iriminage, kokyunage, kaiteinage, ude-osae, ikkyo, nikkyo, and sankyo. It also takes some atemi (striking) to create openings for the techniques.
      That sounds like it'd be really interesting to watch.

      I have a limited background in a gendai goshin form of jits (vee jitsu), no big deal, but I can pull quite a few of the basic choreographed self-defensey moves we'd do (locks to takedown type things) while sparring with strikes if the other person isn't too difficult.
      Last edited by maofas; 9/06/2009 10:15am, .


        You best bet for good aikido is finding an instructor like this one
        This guy is an extremely good sword instructor who is adding more techniques to aikido to improve it's effectiveness



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