Edwin Neal wrote:
if the saying one fights the way one trains is valid i would assume one should also train the way one fights... if you are likely to use your aikido in a bar fight ie while drinking, it would make sense to practice drunken master aikido...LOL
Well, Drunken-master Aikido saved my life. Well, either it's quite possible is was either the alcohol or the aikido, maybe not both.
Many years ago (when I was less responsible and mature than the paragon of virtue I am today) I was returning home, by bus, from a night of training and consequent after-training drinking. Let's just say that I was rather judgement-impaired and leave it at that.
Well, my particular stop was not well-lit. So when the bus opened the door to let me out I did not notice it had not stopped.
So, blithely unaware of how newtonian physics was about to rudely intersect my world, I stepped off...
...and hit the ground with a sideways velocity sufficient to bowl me over. Luckily, about 3 or 4 mae ukemi later, I was back on my feet and wondering what the bloody hell just happened. Not even a scratch.
And the expressions on the faces of the people at the window of the bus were priceless!
Moral of the story: alcohol +
= practical step for self-preservation.