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Old 12-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #11
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,236
Re: For those who wonder how to use aikido against fast punching

To spin off Chris' comments a little, I agree that context is everything. If one wants to be a well-rounded martial artist and capable of addressing almost any event, then it becomes imperative (in my mind anyway) to know striking, throwing, pinning and grappling skills. Some of us are perfectly happy knowing some of those skills and aren't willing to devote the time and effort to the others that offer more than our parent art and that's just fine. Others feel the need to study all the various arts to round out their skills and that's fine too. In either case, it is highly unlikely that a person will ever be confronted by a skilled martial artist in a violent episode. If it does happen, it will most likely be some street thug who is good at brawling. What it comes down to then is the attitude and mindset of the martial artist who is attacked and there is some real value to Krystal's "going all animal". If you couple some real skill in whatever art with a warrior mentality, you will be ahead of the game.

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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