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Old 05-06-2014, 09:19 AM   #26
Keith Larman
Dojo: AIA, Los Angeles, CA
Location: California
Join Date: Apr 2005
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Re: Can one take another martial art while taking Aikido?

As a long time budo-hobo, so to speak, I'll toss in my 2 cents and wander away perfectly content with whatever folk want to think. Me, I did a lot of stuff over the years. Twas all cool. I did find when I was newer that I had problems with, well, let's call it conceptual interference among varied arts. The way I like to look at it is that most mature arts have a sort of underlying "operating system". And if you're trying to program yourself in both environments at the same time what works in A might be anathema to what works in B. And in the end trying to do both at the same time when you don't have a solid understanding of the underlying OS similarities and differences is really not a great idea. "Jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind.

That said, once you've got the time in, once you've managed to get some degree of mastery of one, the other arts seems to be easier to grasp, at least IMHO. The contrasts are brightly visible while the similarities often seem obvious. So at that level I find that if anything doing more than one art can be helpful to both. But... It does require some degree of master prior to prevent the sort of cognitive collisions that inevitably occur.

So my answer is... It depends. In my experience I found it eventually enriched my understandings of all the arts including the deficiencies and limitations. But I gained a greater appreciation of each art's strengths as well.

No, I wouldn't recommend doing 2 arts at once as a beginner. And there's always the danger of nikyu shihan disorder among those who move from one to the next to the next. In other words, figuring out whether you have some degree of mastery in an art is itself a tricky thing indeed.

So... Yeah, yes and no. Sure, go for both and no, focus on one. There, how's that work?

Shades of grey and all that jazz.

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Old 05-06-2014, 10:14 AM   #27
Dojo: Torrey Pines Aiki Kai
Location: San Diego
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Re: Can one take another martial art while taking Aikido?

Keith I think you are going to have to trademark nikyu shihan disorder it is a keeper.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:30 AM   #28
Location: Massachusetts
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Re: Can one take another martial art while taking Aikido?

Hilary Heinmets wrote: View Post
Keith I think you are going to have to trademark nikyu shihan disorder it is a keeper.
Right up there with Green Belt Syndrome. "No one knows more about karate than a green belt. Just ask one."
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:49 AM   #29
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
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Re: Can one take another martial art while taking Aikido?

agreed with Keith. mastery one art first, before expand your horizon. however, aikido is a terrible art to master first. personally, i would go with striking arts first then aikido. of course i am a barbarian (people of barbar, as in go to bar twice), we just like to hit first, hit later, when all done, hit some more, then maybe once we are drunk and disorderly, then try to submit folks to our will.

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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