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Old 09-27-2007, 09:52 AM   #5
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Re: Aikido and Judo/jujitsu

I'm guessing by grappling you mean ground grappling; and by striking/atemi you mean boxing.

Why, exactly Osensei built the system the way he did is up for discussion. However looking at Japanese culture pre-meiji restoration, you can see Japanese martial culture was based around weapons, in particular the sword.

In weapons fighting it is a bad idea to wrestle on the ground, and a bad idea to try to box with your (armed) attacker. Considering that the majority of techniques that make up Aikido were developed pre-meiji restoration, it's a reasonable conclusion that these techniques are weapon focused.

This would explain why Aikido techniques don't apply to ground grappling, and boxing situations, thus the syllabus doesn't contain those techniques.

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