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Old 01-01-2012, 06:20 PM   #22
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Re: Why don't we practice chokes?

Geoff Byers wrote: View Post
I would think, given aikido's roots, where you would pin an opponent and kill them, a choke would be looked at as taking too long?
A choke is not strangulation. Strangulation does not happen quickly; a choke incapacitates and renders unconscious very quickly. Speaking from personal experience, here.

Geoff Byers wrote: View Post
From what I know, things like the vascular neck restraint are incredibly safe. Judo has used them for decades with no reported deaths.
Those two sentences are not in agreement. Absence of reported death does not equal "incredibly safe". There are many activities with inherent deadly risk where, for a number of different interconnected reasons, actual deaths are rare or unknown. That does not make these activities safe.
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