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About Casey Ryback

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About Casey Ryback
Primary Style:
Yoshinkan Aikido
Sacramento, CA
Other Interests and Information:
Ice hockey, football, basketball, weight lifting, fitness, bass guitar, mma, golden retreivers.

Favorite fighters: Bas Rutten, Kazushi Sakuraba, Mirko "Cro-Cop", Hidehiko Yoshida, Takanori Gomi, Andy Hug, George St. Pierre.
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Martial Arts Experience:
9 years in Kenpo Karate (Shodan Rank)
7 years Yoshinkan Aikdio (Nidan Rank)
Bjj (no rank)
Train, spar, roll with anyone I can learn from.

I'm a big believer that skill is transferable. Today in sports, many coaches and parents are having their kids specialize in a particular sport that they think their child/athlete is most suited for. I'm of the old-school train of though that still appreciates the three sport letterman. I believe playing basketball makes you a better football player, playing hockey makes you a better basketball player.

I find that everytime I try something new, I am able to pick it up twice as fast as the next guy because of my diverse background. I appreciate the "alive" training and sparring as it helps root out the BS and theory, but I also appreciate many traditional methods of training and find value in the fundamentals it teaches. Of all my years playing competetive sports, one of the hardest things I have ever done is Yoshinkan Aikido. I find a lot of value in the training, and the skills I learn have helped me in every aspect of sports and martial arts. I am able to pick up BJJ at a much faster rate than many others because of my Yoshinkan training. I continue to reccomend to any of my students or training partners in Yoshinkan aikido to play competetive sports, spar, wrestle, grapple, and test their skills. I also encorage any of my sparring partners to try Yoshinkan Aikido or practice some high level technique and fundamentals. The techniques themselves may not always be "practical" but the training to learn the techniques and the fundamentals learned are VERY valuable and have served me well.

If you approach martial arts as "learning moves" or "collecting techniques" aikido will be of very little value. If your approach to martial arts is that learning techniques will teach you valuable fundamentals, then aikido can be very useful training if and only if you find a good teacher.
"It's not about the techniques... it's about the fundamentals" -me
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