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Old 10-28-2010, 02:56 AM   #65
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Grappling In Aikido

I know this was from a few years ago, but I'm not the one who revived it...

Kevin Leavitt wrote:
In BJJ you spend alot of time learning positional hierarchy and dominance...this is important. It ain't the wrist lock that matters in BJJ, it is positional dominance. Wrist locks are secondary. In fact they may get you in trouble.
Kevin Leavitt wrote:
Wrist locks typically are used as a control device to loosen a grip, to take a weapon, or to gain temporary compliance for another more permanent control measure. (Cuffs maybe?) [emphasis mine]
The evidence is practically slapping us in the face!

For those interested in training and using aikido techniques practically, why don't we train them in the context in which they were meant to be effective?

Also worth considering is why the rear naked choke and the guillotine are the only "bjj" submissions that haven't significantly dropped out of the class of effective mma techniques, while the positional dominance taught in bjj is still highly relevant to mma.

"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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