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Old 04-08-2005, 04:34 AM   #22
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Re: Defending against Aikido

Counter attacks are extensive in aikido (though I hate to use this term as it suggests that they are done specifically as counters, rather than finding the natural gaps in someone's techniques).

However, I believe if aikido is done correctly there are no counter attacks. Aikido occurs in conjunction with the attack, so if you have attacked, you have been thrown. However, this also illustrates that you don't DO aikido to someone; aikido is the complement to their attack.

PS if you are already off balance your response is likely to be very poor (although you can do 'sacrifice' throws, this is often a poor strategy in a multiple attack).

Last edited by ian : 04-08-2005 at 04:36 AM.

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