03-25-2009, 04:06 PM
I'm Dave, just started relearning Akido after a long (30 years) hiatus....
I was first introduced to it and Judo during my military service, we were taught basic techniques to use in public disorder and or riot situations... We were never taught the correct names for each movement just what I would suppose would be the english-ish equivilant.. i.e. Wrist Lock, Thumb Lock, Goose Neck, Pull Down, Push Down, Arm Lock etcetera...
A year later I was sent on a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) course and again learned the basic techniques as an instructor to teach my fellow soldiers before deployment to Northern Ireland where we did both anti terrorist and crowd control/riot duty. I have to say working in a 'peace keeping' role I found Akido to be very effective, in addition when working as a team member it was amazingly simple and effective in getting very angry and out of control rioters under control and subdued without giving the impression of being overly agressive and oppressive.
Since then and my retirement I have moved into the Tactical Paramedic role and work as a CP (Close Protection) Medic my primary role, being in a high profile role it is important to have control and to be able to subdue non-armed persons (Hand Guns/Automatic Weapons) without escalating the situation while still providing protection to our client.
Welcome to AikiWeb and welcome back to aikido. I hope your re-entry to aikido is satisfying and interesting for you.