Discussion in 'Aikido' started by aikiwolfie, Apr 1, 2004.
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The needle on my crap detector flew off its hinge in about 2seconds into that video.
I don't train Aikido either. But when I see
- WC doesn't have hook punch and roundhouse kick, I will ask why.
- Aikido doesn't have "leg skill" such as hook, sweep, scoop, spring, lift, break, cut, ..., I will also ask why.
Judo has many "leg skill". I don't see that in Aikido. May be some of your Aikido guys can explain this. Why?
Here is a leg skill "lift" used in Judo.
Because aikido is built around Japanese sword-fighting. It's not jacketed wrestling. It's kenjutsu done without a sword.
It's not just what you say about weapons. There's no priority to developing leg skill because that is what Judo is for. At the same time, there isn't a lot of emphasis on grabbing and breaking because that is what jujutsu is for.
Whenever we used something from Judo or jujutsu in Aikido training, we identified it as something more direct and hard. It was still part of Aikido training, but it wasn't Aikido.
I think people often forget that the Aikido techniques are mainly to learn application of principles, but to test out these principles, you have to cross-train. What happens when the cross-training goes away is perhaps the downfall to many martial arts that over specialize.
As an example, one the greatest Aikidoka, Koichi Tohei, started in Judo. Too bad he went off into Ki fantasy land after breaking off from Aikikai. His teachings and skill were really good. I think he forgot that cross-training was really important and instead ended up creating the Ki society that overly specialized in Ki training and led to no touch ki knockouts and energy ki balls, and whole lot of other fantasy stuff at the expense of testing through cross-training.
The point is that cross-training and things brought from cross-training were part of Aikido training but are not Aikido. Lack of cross training is a real concern.
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