Three Reasons Why In Combat Aikido Doesn't Work
|By: Al Case | Nov 24 2010 | 451 words | 2433 hits|
This is a sad fact, but when in Combat Aikido is not always functional. It shouldn't be that way, because that great art was handed down by Samurai who learned it on ancient battlefields. Its heritage is a thousand years ago in the bloody battles of warlords who wrestled for control of Japan.
After the wars were ended, the surviving warlords, two brothers, called their warriors together and asked them what techniques they used to conquer the enemy. The resulting list of techniques was over 3200 tricks. These techniques became the curriculum of Daito Ryu Aiki Jujitsu, and it is this art which influenced the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ushiba when he created his masterpiece.
So why doesn't the art work? Because it is taught as a religion, and religion tends to strip the violence out of the art. I mean, taking perfectly good ways to maim and destroy muggers just because one believes in world peace and harmony and all that sort of stuff...huh!
The first thing this religious influence did was soften the incoming offenses. The attacks put forth in an Aikido class are long and flowing and easy for the defender to handle. This may teach one the technique, but it doesn't even come close to approximating the hard, fast reality of a punch in the face that is offered on the mean streets.
The second flaw in the round art is that the strikes (Atemi) have been thinned down. They are shown, but not drilled to proficiency. This means that the student doesn't really learn what it's like to hit a human body in combat,
Finally, some of the fighting defenses are designed to teach one how to handle flow in long and unreal ways. You do have to learn how to flow, that is a given. But there are faster ways to learn flow, and these ways include techniques that are much more street oriented.
Now, this article was not written to offend, but to question, and to question with an eye towards improvement. A student who can't improve, but merely robots the ritual, is not a student at all. I really don't think Morihei Ushiba was a robot, nor were the samurai who passed the art to him.
So, make the attacks more real, put back in some hard core Atemi strikes, and work the techniques so they teach flow, but in a more realistic manner. Tell the truth, the really good Aikidokas that I meet are usually doing just this, even if on their own. But, do these three things, stay true to the art, and you are going to find that you have a Combat Aikido that can lay waste to anything, even while promoting peace and harmony within and without.
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