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Old 01-06-2011, 11:38 AM   #51
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

I'm reminded of Murphy's First Law of Combat; "No plan survives the first shot." Based on a few years in the Marines and a few decades as a cop, I truly believe that if you are planning WHAT you will do in a fight, what you are truly planning is how to lose.

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:42 AM   #52
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I remember one class when some "Ki " nut said to me "Sensei, what would you do if you were in a bar and someone hit you on the back of the head with a bottle?"
I replied "Probably fall down off my stool unconscious with a stupid grin on my face"
He didn't come back anymore

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Old 01-06-2011, 11:53 AM   #53
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

Attilio Anthony John Wagstaffe wrote:
I remember one class when some "Ki " nut said to me "Sensei, what would you do if you were in a bar and someone hit you on the back of the head with a bottle?"
I replied "Probably fall down off my stool unconscious with a stupid grin on my face"
He didn't come back anymore

Did you send that idiot to my dojo ? I had a guy ask the very same question, word for word.........

When he asked what I would do if I was hit on the back of the head with a bottle ? I replied ""fall down ""......

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Old 01-06-2011, 12:05 PM   #54
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Attilio Anthony John Wagstaffe wrote:
I remember one class when some "Ki " nut said to me "Sensei, what would you do if you were in a bar and someone hit you on the back of the head with a bottle?"
I replied "Probably fall down off my stool unconscious with a stupid grin on my face"
He didn't come back anymore

Did you send that idiot to my dojo ? I had a guy ask the very same question, word for word.........

When he asked what I would do if I was hit on the back of the head with a bottle ? I replied ""fall down ""......

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No I didn't Henry ...... Honest!!!!!

Maybe its what daft people ask, they seem to think that if they don't meet some martial arts teacher with incredible powers they are not worth listening to......

I should have said "I would bounce it off my head with my incredible martial art kinki ki powers, or " I would "see" with my ki eyes and avoided it, looked at him with my piercing ki eyes to frighten him!!"
"They would run away in fear of my amazing powers!!"
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:06 PM   #55
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I'm reminded of Murphy's First Law of Combat; "No plan survives the first shot." Based on a few years in the Marines and a few decades as a cop, I truly believe that if you are planning WHAT you will do in a fight, what you are truly planning is how to lose.
Second that!!
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:38 PM   #56
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

Many years ago, an experienced barroom brawler once told me...

Always order beer in a glass mug and always hold by the handle.

When trouble occurs...

1. Throw beer into face of troublemaker.
2. Punch blinded troublemaker in face with mug. Straight punches regarded as best in case mug breaks to avoid getting cut. (Bottles or glasses without handles can shatter such that wielder could easily get cut.)
3. If mug breaks, use the broken handle to slash troublemaker and/or other unfriendlies if necessary.

The frightening bit - he was completely serious.

But I'm sure if you asked him what he would do if someone bashed him over the head with a bottle, he would say "Slump unconscious to floor and hope he doesn't get trampled in the ensuing melee".

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:14 AM   #57
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

The beer mug technique works and works well, but is usually considered felonious conduct and will probably get you locked up. That of course is entirely another issue only marginally related to the original discussion.

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:53 AM   #58
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The beer mug technique works and works well, but is usually considered felonious conduct and will probably get you locked up. That of course is entirely another issue only marginally related to the original discussion.
If ya don't get caught!!!!....
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:59 AM   #59
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The beer mug technique works and works well, but is usually considered felonious conduct and will probably get you locked up. That of course is entirely another issue only marginally related to the original discussion.
This week in the UK beer has gone up to 3 ($5) a pint, so you can't afford to throw it around, drink the beer first...

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:13 AM   #60
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If ya don't get caught!!!!....
Well, duh!

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:23 AM   #61
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This week in the UK beer has gone up to 3 ($5) a pint, so you can't afford to throw it around, drink the beer first...

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Haaa Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

You wouldn't get matelots doing that!!! Bloody sacrilege !!!

We'de be trying to catch it with another beer mug!!!!!
Or worst still licking it off the deck and spitting out the crap from it afterwards......
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:27 AM   #62
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Haaa Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

You wouldn't get matelots doing that!!! Bloody sacrilege !!!

We'de be trying to catch it with another beer mug!!!!!
Or worst still licking it off the deck and spitting out the crap from it afterwards......
ROFL

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Old 07-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #63
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

There's a dramatic increase in the level of violence, from first tossing a cool liquid into the person's face, to next beating them with a sharp jagged object.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:34 AM   #64
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Best aikido in street scenario - assess the direction of incoming threat and run in the opposite direction as fast as possible.....
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:19 AM   #65
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

I recently have been "threatened" to a fight that I am not quite sure what it's about.
I don't feel like risking court and the ridiculousness that follows after a beating -
but as one of the earlier post mentioned, if you're stuck in a fight, let them do the work, step away, and watch them look ridiculous.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:15 PM   #66
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I have been jumped a couple of times. Best 2 randori sessions I've had in a long time. Their ukemi wasn't too good but they were thrown properly.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:36 AM   #67
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Re: Aikido in a street situation

It always bothers me when people say Aikido is very ineffective in any fight.
Training in the dojo, I feel like all of the techniques could be applied properly.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:14 AM   #68
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It always bothers me when people say Aikido is very ineffective in any fight.
Training in the dojo, I feel like all of the techniques could be applied properly.
When someone jumps on you and yanks you to the ground before you even know it, then how will your aikido help you then?
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:51 AM   #69
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When someone jumps on you and yanks you to the ground before you even know it, then how will your aikido help you then?
Or any other art for that matter. What answer are you looking for specifically Roger? I'm trying to understand where you are going with this.

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Old 10-12-2011, 10:08 AM   #70
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Or any other art for that matter. What answer are you looking for specifically Roger? I'm trying to understand where you are going with this.
I'm not looking for an answer. I was merely trying to point out how aikido could be combat ineffective in certain scenarios. Because there are other martial arts like Jujitsu, and self-defense systems like Krav Maga that are specifically designed to counter these types of attacks/situations.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:17 AM   #71
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I'm not looking for an answer. I was merely trying to point out how aikido could be combat ineffective in certain scenarios. Because there are other martial arts like Jujitsu, and self-defense systems like Krav Maga that are specifically designed to counter these types of attacks/situations.
I see. I practice both jujutsu and Krav Maga and I feel that the training I have received may help me in those situations if they were ever to occur. I say may because nothing is 100%. The key to it is not the art itself, but the training methodology. By methodology, I mean things like scenario training, aggressiveness training, reaction drills and training under extreme stress and/or fatigue. If these elements are present in your art, then I think you have a methodology that addresses the concerns you stated. I'm sure there may be some aikido schools that train in this fashion.

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Old 10-12-2011, 01:19 PM   #72
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Roger, under your scenario, aikido probably won't be much of an aid. If you are yanked to the ground (and don't instantly regain your feet) you probably are going to lose unless you are a competent grappler of some sort. There is no martial art that applies to every possible situation and scenario. Yoseikan budo is the most comprehensive art I've seen (and I haven't seen them all), but probably isn't much good in defending against firearms. From a self defense perspective, the best and finest art is the one you are willing to invest sweat equity in. A qi gong instructor I know says "Doing a little something is better than doing a whole lot of nothing."

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Old 10-12-2011, 01:50 PM   #73
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So you agree that aikido is not equiped to handle realistic combat situations, like grappling? That's the only point I was making. I mean it's a fine martial art, it's just that it wasn't developed for realistc combat situations. That's not to say you couldn't still use your Aikido skills and prevail in a street fight. It's just that it was really designed for the sloppy brawling aspects of street fighting.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:54 PM   #74
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No, that isn't what I'm saying. First, to be clear on terms, combat implies a military engagement to me, while what you are describing is a self-defense event. That said, the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is somewhat based on aikido and Richard Heckler-Strozzi was instrumental in the program design. I currently train with a number of active duty Marines and they come to us as beginners who are very comfortable with basic technique and falling.

What I said and meant was that aikido would probably not be the best MA for the very narrow scenario you described, and secondly there is no perfect martial art for every scenario. Lastly I mentioned yoseikan budo as the most comprehensive art that I'm familiar with as it has striking, throwing, pins, weapons work and defense, and grappling as part of the formal curriculum. I doubt that it would work in every possible scenario either.

In a street situation you probably aren't going to face a skilled and trained martial artist. You will likely face a drunken lout or even an experienced street brawler. Aikido will work as well as most arts in those circumstances, better than some and not as well as others. It will not be perfect for every situation, any more than the katana was then or the firearm is today.

I hope that clears up any misunderstanding there may have been.

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Old 10-13-2011, 02:19 PM   #75
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When someone jumps on you and yanks you to the ground before you even know it, then how will your aikido help you then?
FWIW, Here is an interesting piece of semi-formal research on the whole "95% of fights go to the ground" thing. I think I originally found this link somewhere on these forums.

The findings of this survey are that less than half of fights go to the ground, and when they do, the person who is on the ground first is usually the loser. I would therefore expect my Aikido to help out quite a bit if somebody tried to pull guard on me in a rules-free context.
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