Re: Taking the high road
wendy, thanks for those clips. more to the point though, it seems there is a near consensus that aikido is not the best tool for ground fighting. so i would assume the best way to defend against a grappling attacker is to stay off the ground to begin with. a grappler has to take you down first in order to gain the advantage, right? so it seems the aikido defense against grappling should be intercepting whatever takedown technique is being attempted and controlling the conflict from there. i don't know much at all about BJJ takedowns (or judo or wrestling takedowns), but it seems like the aikido repetoire is full of techniques to deal with an opponent making a grab for your wrist/sleeve/lapel etc. (legs?) has anybody trained against grappling from a stand point of preventing the takedown?