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Gorgeous George
10-02-2011, 01:31 PM
I've started training BJJ recently (i've done a month of training, 3-4 times a week).
I've trained aikido for three years.

One problem i've always had in aikido is gauging the effectiveness of my techniques: to what degree uke is being compliant, as opposed to trying to keep their balance.
I've also always struggled to know if i'm using muscle - particularly, i've always found it hard to relax my shoulders.

The sparring in BJJ has really helped me with both of these, as uke/my partner is never compliant, and I cannot use strength for long, as I quickly run out of energy; therefore, I am forced to relax, and rely on technique (for the most part...) - and the results are never in question.

And although its groundwork of a form not practiced in aikido, I have just used the aikido principles i've learned, by and large: relax, try to use your weight/put it on a person, don't look to force a technique - use the space/openings offered to you, etc.

Dose anybody else here practice BJJ, judo, or any martial art that has sparring/non-compliant training partners?
What are your thoughts on understanding, and increasing your ability at aikido, through such training?
I know that i've really come to understand the necessity to relax (and how to relax), and the effect on my aikido has been instant.

Demetrio Cereijo
10-02-2011, 02:02 PM
Welcome to the dark side of the force. :P

Michael Neal
12-02-2011, 10:51 AM
the best people I have trained with in BJJ use almost no strength at all

Nicholas Eschenbruch
12-02-2011, 11:42 AM
BJJ is a great art I dabble in occasionally.

Taught me a lot about stability, power and non-compliance as well. I also found it great in terms of psycho-emotional training - how does one relax with a 120 kilo person sitting on your chest doing their best to choke you out... :D

Ah, the dark side - attractive it is.