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Old 01-02-2008, 09:43 PM   #58
Mattias Bengtsson
Dojo: Halmstad Aikidoklubb
Location: Halmstad
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 37
Re: I'm Leaving Aikido

When I started training Aikido I was immediatley told, that I shouldnt expect to become this great martial artist able to kick ass and chew bubblegum from Aikido. That the best self defense art is to run fast, and that that the best way to avoid injury in a street fight was not go get mixed up in it at all.

I replied that I was fine with this.. if it was my intention to learn how to "beat people up" I would have picked up Krav Maga instead (just like the OP, funnily enough)

So I understand what OP is talking about, and I respect his reasons for leaving.

I dont study Aikido to beat people up myself. I study it to defend myself.
And there is a difference.

Uke Iacta Est
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