Thread: New to Aikido
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:48 PM   #7
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi
Join Date: Mar 2011
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Re: New to Aikido

You might talk to your instructor about that... most aikidoka are pretty terrible at strikes. It might be better for them to imitate you than for you to imitate them... Certainly the Zombie Fist of Doom that you see in many dojos is pretty unrealistic.
Well if they imitated me they would just be doing boxing. I'd be interested though if there were some videos outlining proper aikido strikes, and then I could work them on my punching bag. Seeing as I'm more used to stand up striking than them (more than likely) it might add some more depth to the dojo.

The biggest problem I noticed with the striking I've seen so far is that they are seem to be pretty telegraphed. The basic vertical and horizontal chops I have seen them doing require a lot of movement before they land. Also due to it being similar to a slashing motion, it's much easier to block because of it's angle. In contrast, most boxing punches act more like thrusts that are quicker and harder to block because the vector of the attack is more like a point rather than a line.

That said, from what I've seen so far, it seems as if most of the Aikido strikes were intended to be blocked so that you can begin to grapple your opponent, they are simply baits, but I would think that there is more to it than just that. Again, if someone could link me to videos outlining strikes I'd definitely would like to look into that.

Something I thought about after I originally posted regarding strikes. It seems like it would make sense for Aikidoka should have a basic background in more western striking styles. Seeing how this style stresses self-defense, it would be important to train against the kind of strikes that would be more commonly used.

Last edited by MookieRah : 03-24-2011 at 12:54 PM.
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