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Old 12-16-2011, 03:57 AM   #20
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Why don't we practice chokes?

I think it is important to learn chokes/strangles, but I agree with what Demetrio said.

Demetrio Cereijo wrote:
Choking people who is armed/possibily armed is too risky.
Demetrio Cereijo wrote:
Too risky is not the same than impossible.
The picture Bob posted and video Demetrio linked to above are perfect examples of why it probably is too risky to attempt to choke out an armed opponent.

A lot can happen in 3 to 15 seconds, especially with a determined adversary holding a sharp object.

This is probably why the most prevalent choke in aikido (ushiro kubi shime) includes a wrist hold.

"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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