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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.
The current trend in law enforcement is to utilize younger instructors, rather than older instructors. There is a growing belief, in law enforcement heirarchy, that younger instructors have more to offer.
The argument that older instructors have more experience, as well as training, means nothing. Fresher ideas and younger instructors, bring more to the table these days. The wheel has to be reinvented.
You must be younger, faster, stronger, have more stamina, etc...
I now believe that cunning, treachery, and deceit, combined with fighting skills, is the only choice left to me.
I trained with a SHOCK KNIFE and was happy for the experience. A shock knife, is a stun gun, in the shape of a knife. The electrical shock can be made for a mild irritation or to light you up like a Christmas tree.
It ends the arguments about whether your technique worked or was foiled.
The uke can not lie, with a straight face, that he felt nothing. Just look at his hair and see if it is standing straight up (maximum setting).
The SHOCK KNIFE is available to anyone with a legitimate reason. This would include martial arts schools.
With all of my prior experiences, practicing martial arts, Aikido never caused me to dread going to class.
Some brands of Karate made me think about having my stomach used as a trampoline. Judo had me wondering if I would land in a chiropractic position. Stick fighting made me dread multiple knots on my forearms. Kick Boxing had me worried that someone would accidently nail me in my cubes. The list goes on...
Aikido never cause me to think about those hazards.
My great workouts occur when I am in a deep zazen zone. Before I know it, the class is over. I don't seem to remember what happen with the time. Things just flowed without me being aware of anything. I just feel great.
I was once a competitive Olympic Weightlifter and Powerlifter.
When lifting weights for exercise, you don't have to follow regulation lifting to become strong. A good substitute bench press is a "lock out".
Lifting the weights off-of-the-rack and putting it back on the rack, is good enough. The trick is the amount of weight. Your arms are only traveling 6 inches to 9 inches (depends on your arm length and the bench rack).
You should be able to generate several hundred pounds within a couple of months. It is more of a mental exercise than physical exercise.
Men have moved trains, buses, trucks, etc... The mind is far stronger than you think.
I am being forced into medical retirement because of my multiple injuries and illnesses sustained from law enforcement, a war, and life in general. Were it not for my martial arts training over the last 50 years, I would not have survived as long as I have.
I have been shot, stabbed, clubbed, punched, kicked, thrown, etc… It comes with the territory. Knowing how to fall properly obviously prevented many injuries. Knowing how to go offensive or defensive depended on who ambushed who first.
I can say with great confidence that Aikido does work in the street, in a war, in a prison, and in hostile arenas. It just required modifications to work. Not all attacks are dynamic. Some are static starts. They are pretty much on top of you at that moment and there is no distance to see it coming.
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A Russian and a Norwegian wrestler (who just happened to be named Ole) were set to square off for the Olympic Gold medal. Before the final match, the Norwegian wrestling coach came to Ole and said, "Now, don't forget all the research we've done on this Russian. He's never lost a match because of this 'pretzel' hold he has. Whatever you do, do not let him get you in that hold! If he does, you're finished. Ole nodded in acknowledgment. As the match started, Ole and the Russian circled each other several times, looking for an opening.. All of a sudden, the Russian lunged forward, grabbing Ole and wrapping him up in the dreaded pretzel hold. A sigh of disappointment arose from the crowd and the coach buried his face in his hands, for he knew all was lost. He couldn't watch the inevitable happen. Suddenly, there was a scream, then a cheer from the crowd and the coach raised his eyes just in time to watch the Russian go flying up in the air. His back hit the mat with a thud and Ole collapsed on top of him making the pin and winning the match. The crowd went crazy. The coach was astounded. When he finally got his wrestler alone, he asked, "How did you ever get out of that hold? No one has ever done it before!" Ole answered, "Vell, I vas ready to give up ven he got me in dat hold, but at da last moment, I opened my eyes and saw dis pair of testicles right in front of my face. I had nuttin' to lose, so wid my last ounce of strenth I stretched out my neck and bit dose babies just as hard as I could." So the trainer exclaimed, "That's what finished him off!" "Vell, not really. You'd be amazed how strong you get ven you bite your own nuts!"