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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.
I have finally healed and will be returning back to the gym & Dojo to start working out again.
I have recently recovered from a very bad broken ankle, in January, that required a lot of metal hardware. It is now August.
In my past, I recovered from another broken ankle, 2 knee surgeries, a hernia repair of an old gunshot wound, 2 different broken ribs, a broken nose, broken knuckles, knife wounds, concussions, and the list goes on for the last 40 years.
I have great reservations on working out. Young warriors like to test out the old & wounded warrior. If they get me, they have bragging rights. If they lose, it is no loss for them. That is the current NYC mindset.
A little known fact in boxing is that the backfist is an illegal technique. The reason for it being a foul has been lost in boxing history. What I can say from personal experience, as a licensed boxing coach for 13 years, is that it has been a good harassing blow that has wrecked havoc on people.
It is up there, against a good spearing jab. However, it is much easier to learn, and requires a lot less maintenance time when it is perfected.