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Old 06-12-2006, 01:12 PM   #72
Location: Auckland
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 971
New Zealand
Re: Mixing Aikido with other martial arts

Ron Tisdale wrote:
I myself have never heard this. And I practice a fairly rigorous style of aikido. But my teacher, the senior students, the visiting shihan...none of them have ever made this statement or anything like it.

I suggest that you are pulling our legs. The alternative is...

I have. No one actually says "you'll be invincible" but the effect is the same: "the art allows the small guy to throw the big guy,you'lll learn to defend against multiples and yeah we do knife defense" etc etc. The totality of the response - without the appropriate discussion of how size strength, resistance and the randomness of a fight can alter things from day to day practice, corresponds in the fertile mind of an MA newbie to - you'll be able to take on all comers.

"When your only tool is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail"
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