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Old 01-01-2012, 09:56 PM   #24
graham christian
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Re: Why don't we practice chokes?

Byron Foster wrote: View Post
Searching google for police choke deaths gets too many hits. There were 16 choke hold deaths by the Los Angeles Police alone.

What kind of trade offs do we want to make? Effective technique versus possible harm and death?
I think the word choke is inappropriate to Aikido. Why cut off the air, the windpipe? Neck holds would be a better concept, a version of close in iriminage would be just as effective. Learning to hold with a circle too. Lots of ways in Aikido without blocking or cutting off the windpipe.

I would say good practice in Aikido would be to try such positions as would be chokes and find what is more appropriate, less damaging and yet more effective. The way of Aikido no?

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