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Old 09-11-2012, 04:14 PM   #128
John Thomas Read
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido, Arcata, CA, USA
Location: Arcata/CA
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 6
Re: Don't waste your time practicing AIKIDO

Khaled Abdullah wrote: View Post
Hi every 1
Actually the title is an advice from some martial artists who I meet weekly in our dojo. We have many different martial arts sessions going every day in that dojo like karate, taekwando, judo, jeet kune do and kung fu (wing chun). we always talk about martial arts and their effectiveness in real situations like street fighting.

They almost made me desperate and disappointed of Aikido.
Here are some of their quotations:
"Aikido doesn't require fitness so most aikido players are old, fat and not strong enough"
" you can not attack in aikido you just receiving and waiting what the attackers will do"
" many aikido techniques depend on grabbing which is rarely happen in real fights"
" aikido focuses on hands to applying its techniques and ignores the rest of the body, no kicks no punches no jumping"
" aikido is only good for seminars and demonstrations"
" aikido is too traditional, no body use sword in our world today"
" aikido is a philosophy more than a combat way"

I didn't lose my faith in aikido, but between u and me aren't they have right in some thoughts???

Is aikido useful and effective in real situation and against other martial arts?
It might be helpful if you read Aikido Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Natural Law, in which I take pains to explain the principles that underlie Aikido. Although the book requires some study to fully understand, it has helped many truly appreciate this amazing art form.

It certainly is not the art that is at fault if practitioners do not understand or perform the art correctly. And there is little doubt that Aikido is in some ways a lot harder to understand and do properly than some other martial systems, because at its heart it is based in pure non-resistance. When a practitioner really understands Aikido, though, it is difficult to imagine a more powerful martial system.

Last edited by John Thomas Read : 09-11-2012 at 04:17 PM. Reason: Typo
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