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Old 07-27-2008, 06:41 AM   #19
Kevin Leavitt
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Re: Grappling In Aikido

Ask me how my aikido got better during the 4 years I was stationed in Germany and had no aikido dojo to practice in?

I did BJJ.

Please don't read this as "you should go to BJJ to get better at Aikido".

That is not correct logic. As you will see the 4 to 5 years I spent away from the dojo, there were several aikidoka that grew PAST me in aikido while I was doing BJJ.

BJJ is not a efficient or fast way to learn the principles of aikido, if you want to be proficient at the curriculum of aikido.

I do think that Judo or BJJ provide a wonderful base of work to refine the learning of dynamics and principles we are trying to learn.

If I were to do it over again, I'd spend my childhood years learning Judo, then Mid Teens to early 20's doing BJJ, then move into aikido in my 30's.

Over generalization...yes...but that is how i'd probably do it if I could today.

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