Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the
world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to
over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a
wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history,
humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.
If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced
features available, you will need to register first. Registration is
absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!
I have heard from people, who have not had any real life fighting experience, argue about pure Aikido vs. Atemi Aikido.
They equate pure dojo training, as real fighting experience. There also seems to be intellectuals who have not fought in the real world, who have convinced many others, that you don't need to train for the real world.
Those with real life experience, are portrayed as not knowing Aikido, as well as not knowing real life fighting.
I hurt my right wrist during Tuesday night practice. I made believe that it did not hurt, however, I will be missing Thursday's class because it still hurts.
There was a time, when I would have gone to class, with an injured wrist. Bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscle don't heal very fast or well when you hit 60.
My practical training versus dojo training, comes into conflict from time-to-time, at the dojo. Shihan Watanabe sometimes gives me the look. He was taught by Tomiki and still follows his teaching. Old ways do not change with him, however the Shidokan does influence him from time-to-time.
One Wednesday, I will go back to Shihan David Jones in New Rochelle, NY, for Ju Jitsu training with his hyperactive students. They can't seem to find their personal brakes and have the spirit of the Kami Kaze.
The last time I went to his class, his students were practicing their standing techniques, under the belief, that they could duplicate the speed of light. They definitely left the souls of their uke in the ground.