I've been meaning to bring this up for a while now. I've been a football fan for years, since I was a kid actually.
I've been training in Aikido for about a year now (off and on), and during football season, I couldn't help but wonder how Aikido training might help Defensive Linemen get to the Quarterback more efficiently. Or, help Offensive Linemen protect the QB a little better.
Obviously, an OL wouldn't be able to perform Iriminage, Ikkyo, Nikkyo, Sankyo etc, Shihonage or Kotegaeshi or any other technique which may require grabbing, pinning or controlling the opponents' players as one would have to train in specific techniques that would effectively redirect DL without risking a "holding" penalty. Maybe some variation of Kokyu?? As far as I know, it's not against the rules for a player to be knocked down in football. At the same time, a well timed tenkan or kokyu, or even a forward roll might help a DL get past an OL. The quarterback may benefit from a little tenkan and kokyu techniques too, no??
hmmmm. What do you guys think???