Michael Ellefson wrote:
Now, having just under 22 years of Aikido and 12 years of BJJ under my belt...I can say that my BJJ is much more fluid now that it is in concord with my Aikido. They are very, very similar in my eyes. Seeing the similarities rather than the differences has made them work for me.
I really hate when people start asking questions about rank, but mine is merely out of curiosity. What is your rank in bjj? What I'm really asking is has your training been continuous and included regular sparring?
Also, I'm very curious; do you train aikido and bjj concurrently? If so, how do you feel about the lack of sparring in aikido, and its impact on the relative effectiveness of these two arts?