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Old 07-31-2008, 02:11 AM   #25
Bryan Sproles
Dojo: NOLA Aikido
Location: New Orleans
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 31
Re: Grappling In Aikido

I believe learning to be able to defend yourself on the ground is an important skill - but as my Jujitsu sensei always told us, the ground is the LAST place on earth you want to be in a real fight.

If there are multiple attackers, even if you're very good on the ground, you're at a huge disadvantage and stand to be injured very badly....or worse.

Learn enough to get back to your feet as quickly as you can, or if that's not possible, maybe try a close quarters nikkyo or ikkyo if the chance presents itself (suwari-waza *was* the original "ground fighting", after all... )

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