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Old 12-29-2006, 12:31 AM   #4
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Re: The MOST important technique?

The only problem I see here is that you are still practicing Aikido - either altogether or wherever it is you do it. If you earnestly seek out more alive or "realistic" training you can find it. How far do you want to go? If you want to emphasize striking, there are many forms of boxing and kick-boxing available. If you want anything goes, there are many schools and gyms that practice hybrid training and training for MMA fighting and tournaments. If you want to take it further, you can find places where people don Blauer suits and practice at a level just a few centimeters from trying to kill each other. If you want absolutely real realism, why not cruise bars in the rougher parts of town and look for real fights? It sounds to me like you are complaining about your own lack of imagination or gumption or aren't being honest about the fact that your real hobby is complaining. Lots of people are satisfied with their own Aikido training and what it does for them, if you aren't, move on.
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