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Old 05-01-2013, 06:15 AM   #65
OwlMatt
 
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Re: Can we see that aikido is all over the place in MMA?

I really, really, really dislike it when people find aiki-like elements in MMA and then say, "See? REAL aikido is all over the place in MMA! People who say aikido doesn't work in MMA just don't know what REAL aikido is!"

This is a misuse of the word aikido. Aiki is a way of doing things; aikido is a specific martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba which makes extensive use of aiki movement and whose techniques consist primarily of throws and locks.

Most people who claim to see aikido everywhere actually mean that they see aiki everywhere. Aikido is what we do in the dojo; the reason the stuff MMAers do doesn't look like what we do in the dojo is that it isn't aikido, according to any meaningful definition of the word.

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