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Old 09-11-2008, 12:19 PM   #92
Demetrio Cereijo
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,248
Re: Aikido and kicks

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
I think you miss the point. It's an often-repeated bit of martial arts foolishness that if someone tries to kick you, all you have to do is "catch the leg" or "trap the leg".
Never heard that in years of martial arts training (read my profile, please) and competing most of them in striking based alive arts. Catching the leg is something you can do if you train for it, you know how to set it or if the ocasion arises and you're able to react on time.

Catching the leg is one of many options available.

You're not going to simply go from the theory of "just catch the leg" into being able to do it competently the first time you try, and if the first time you try is against a competent kicker who's really trying to kick you, you'll get painfully schooled.
That's why things like sparring and healthy competition were developed. To be schooled in the mat to avoid being schooled in the street.
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