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Old 03-02-2004, 10:43 AM   #49
Keith Morgan
Dojo: United Kingdom Shin Gi Tai Aiki Ju Jutsu Schools
Location: England
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Some really interesting comments on the use of atemi in the aiki arts.I choose the phrase Aiki arts as opposed to Aikido,because I believe that Aikido aspires to be more than a martial way,and in trying to achieve that goal,the effectiveness of the techniques in what some may deem a "real" situation are somewhat diluted,and could leave the defender in a more exposed precarious situation.I am not saying Aikido is ineffective,just more the way it is taught and practised.The originator of this whole discussion was concerned about their aggressors ability to pull away from a lock.That doesn't surprise me.A lock was originally designed for one thing only,to break.Many of the more complex hold downs and pins,could only be achieved once a dislocation or break had been applied.It is only modern training that seems to portray locks as some sort of control and restraint technique.Have you ever seen how many police officers it takes to "escort" someone who doesn't want to go,even with a 'control and restraint' lock on?

Students of the arts should really look into the history of their arts,not always the individuals who have expounded the system,but the history of the techniques,how and why they were developed,and what were they designed for.It would then help to put what most practise today into perspective.Also the use of pressure points,or kyusho jutsu,was not that extant in Japan as it was in China.The reasons for this being numerous,and perhaps open for debate at a later time.
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