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Demetrius Salter
06-08-2003, 09:20 PM

I am seriously considering beginning training in Aikido, but I have a couple of questions maybe someone could help me with. First off I'm not in this to learn to fight, but as far as self defense is concerned how practical is aikido. Secondly, I have some reservations about falling. I'm not afraid to fall, but at the same time I want to be able to fall correctly to prevent injuries. Is this something the instructors would teach, or do you have to pick it up on your own. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Eric Garcia
06-08-2003, 10:06 PM
I started aikido about 9 months ago and I love it. I encourage you just to at least attend a couple classes if you have not done so already.

I am a beginner and from what I have seen Aikido's techniques are very pratical. Many people will say "Well this art is better than aikido for self defence." They may be right but I will say Aikido is very powerful and anyone who says Aikido is not pratical for self defence is insane. When I began Aikido, it seemed to me that I would never be able to use this "stuff" if I were to ever get into a fight. The more I became familiar with the techniques and Aikido itself, I began to see how things could be easliy adapted to "real" fighting.

Sure Aikido has some downfalls when compared to other martial arts, but many of us who study Aikido dont study it to "be able to beat the snot out of someone".

Ukemi or falling will be taught to you by your instructor. Many of the falls done in Aikido are very dangerous if not executed properly. Once you have learned to fall properly its like riding a bike, it comes naturally. (Heh, my Sensei can tell you sometimes your brain freezes and you forget--As was the case that happened to me a week ago.) There is nothing to worry about concerning falling. Its very painless and looks really cool. :)

I hope that from my rambling you heard something that might be of use to you.


Sensei: John Riggs

P.S. I did this really fast so please ignore my grammer/spelling mistakes :)

Dave Miller
06-08-2003, 10:07 PM
Welcome. I hope that you decide to persue Aikido. If you don't want to fight and yet want to be able to practically defend yourself, then Aikido may just be the thing for you.

As for falling, that should be one of the first things that you learn and one of the things you drill the most. It looks kinda scary at first but once you learn the techniques involved, the "monster" looses his "teeth" fairly quickly.

We use the word Ukemi to describe the process of learning to hit the floor with minimal risk of injury. It is a huge part of Aikido and you should receive detailed instruction in it throughout your study of Aiki. It is the skill that allows us to practice our art for many years and still be reasonably healthy.


Lan Powers
06-08-2003, 10:49 PM
hey Demetrius.....check out a few classes, you will love it!

As the other poster's have said falling is a major part of training. (roughly half)

But there is a very satisfying aspect to taking techniques well for someone elses education.

Good luck .......there are several schools in Lubbock, so I hope you find one that suits you. there is a dojo search feature on this site, so check it out to see what all dojo's are available.

( or come down to Midland and work with us! )


Lan Powers

Clayton Drescher
06-08-2003, 11:59 PM
This is turning into a West Texas thread, so I felt obligated to post...

If you've ever done a martial art before, the falling in aikido is quite unique. I just switched over from hapkido a few weeks ago and the falls I learned for hapkido techniques don't go over so smoothly when taking aikido ukemi (falling) from aikido techniques. But Riggs Sensei taught me how to roll backwards correctly with just a few sentences, so it can be done! Also, I injured my toe pretty bad last week...so be careful, be in control when you fall, injuries are possible and minor ones are pretty common.

Mostly aikido is tons of fun. Best of luck.


Daniel Mills
06-09-2003, 07:35 AM
Hi there Texas folks!

Completely pointless post, but wanted to say that I'm looking to visit Texas (but more Houston/Sugarland area), so thought I'd say Hi, nonetheless :)


Demetrius Salter
06-09-2003, 06:50 PM
Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it. Hopefully my next post will be telling you guys that I've started.