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Old 02-16-2003, 03:33 PM   #1
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Question Is Aikido for me?

Hi everyone, I am a Police Officer and am looking for a martial art that can help me out in this field. This is what i am looking to learn: More wrist locks/twists, take downs, and most importantly, ground fighting. Are there any arts that conform to some or all of these points? Does Aikido fit in any of these catagories? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-16-2003, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: Is Aikido for me?

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Hi everyone, I am a Police Officer and am looking for a martial art that can help me out in this field. This is what i am looking to learn: More wrist locks/twists, take downs, and most importantly, ground fighting. Are there any arts that conform to some or all of these points? Does Aikido fit in any of these catagories? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
In the Tokyo area police are required to get a black belt in either Judo, Kendo, or Aikido in order to qualify for promotion, IIRC.

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Old 02-16-2003, 03:48 PM   #3
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*Most* aikido schools don't do any ground fighting or wrestling-type take downs (we do other kinds in great volume, though).

Just my opinion, but I'd think that your needs would be most directly addressed by an instructor that has a well-established reputation for teaching police tactics.

There is one that posts here. He, and at least one more, post on http://www.e-budo.com/ .

I'd recommend searching the archives there.

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Old 02-18-2003, 04:15 AM   #5
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Confused

i know of several close protection, security guys and bouncers who study aikido. they have all said they found the techniques useful

Aikido: a martial art which allows you to defeat your enemy without hurting him, unless of course he doesn't know how to breakfall in which case he will shatter every bone in his body when he lands. Also known as Origami with people
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:48 PM   #6
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I'm not expert on this, but my impression is that the advantage of AiKiDo for police officers is that you learn techniques in a way that are likely to be 'safe' for the people you are dealing with and that's an important consideration in police work. On the other hand, if you are looking for ground work then, of course, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the first thing that comes to mind. For that matter, so does wrestling.

Ultimately, to follow up on another post, I'd say that the teacher and the school are much more important than the style. I'd go for someone that you click with and where you enjoy the company of the students.

Yours in Aiki
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Read this article by a New York City police officer.
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