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Old 09-17-2004, 07:47 PM   #16
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
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Re: Aikido no good for self defense??

Hi,

Two responses to this thread.

1. Half of what we do on the mat is attacking someone. You`d think that if we spent so much time practicing attacks, we would get good at it. I never understood this "Aikido is only a defensive art" thing. Does that mean if you practice for an hour, you have done aikido for only 30 minutes?

2. If one were seriously interested in self defense, studying aikido or any combative art would be way down on the list of things to do. Well before learning to punch or take a punch, someone interested in serious self defense would be studying: how criminals set up victims, their own personal psychology, a victim`s mentality and how not to have it, and etc. I also would add that one should seriously consider their own psychological issues that motivate them to study a combat art before doing more practical things such as eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, taking a defensive driving course,etc, things that will really promote a long life. Okumura Shihan had a very long warm up period before keiko at the Aikikai Honbu. He said that that was the real self defense.

Charles Hill
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