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I mentioned this site in another thread but while sitting here reading it, I've decided it's really "damn good" so I thought I'd mention it again. The stuff on bowing, testing, dojo selection is excellent.
It's worth a visit even though it isn't Aikido.
12-12-2000, 08:32 AM
Specially liked the shotospere!
12-12-2000, 08:19 PM
There was a line fromt his website I found rather funny: "... the aikidoist will attempt to latch on to and hold the opponent so that he can be unbalanced and then trapped against the floor or thrown violently." This was just amusing, especially since they are comparing it to Karate. Thrown violently. Yeah. A graceful roll, or only slightly less gracefull breakfall. Violent. Huh. I'll have to go meditate on this one for a while.
I did think he got a bit extreme in some cases, but all in all it's a well thought out and organized webpage.
12-13-2000, 04:08 AM
He wrote, about self defens, 4 statement
I actually dissagree in 3 of them.
In my opinion:
* Some Martial arts are great for defending against sudden attacks... If you are aware of your surroundings then you won't even be surprised :).
* Most fights do end up on the ground... one of you will surely end up on the ground, injured or not, if the attack on you involves weapons e.i unless you, as a defender, aren't able to run away before that is.
*Size and gender don't have to be important.... That depends on what you do. Everyone can bite and put a knee on the balls and spit and skratch etc... It's really individual. Just do something. And if you train an Martial Art then you will learn your body, that reacting instantly is second nature.
Well this is of course only my opinion. :)
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