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Old 04-05-2013, 07:25 AM   #1
Location: Egypt/Alexandria
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differances between school

Can Any One Tell Me The Differances Betwwen Schools In Aikido And Which One Is the Best In Fighting
I`m Beginners
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
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Re: differances between school

Mohamad Aly Elsayed wrote: View Post
Can Any One Tell Me The Differances Betwwen Schools In Aikido And Which One Is the Best In Fighting
I`m Beginners
define the parameters for fighting: one against one, one against many, many against one, many against many, armed against unarmed, unarmed against armed, unarmed against unarmed, armed against armed, and any permutation and/or combination thereof. if you can define what you are looking for with those parameters, then folks might be able to help point you in a direction or two and such direction might not even include aikido.

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
Cliff Judge
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Re: differances between school

Joining any martial art will begin a process of education on what the concept of "fighting" actually is. Your mileage will vary.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
Basia Halliop
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Re: differances between school

That's a question you're never going to get a useful answer to on an internet discussion group. The answers you get will be entertaining at best (if you enjoy watching people fight), frustrating at worse (if you were actually hoping to learn something).
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
Krystal Locke
Location: Phoenix, Oregon
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Re: differances between school

The school at which you will actually bother to go to class is the one for you.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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Re: differances between school

For fighting, assuming a less than 10 year timescale, I would go for one that has some form of regular free practice or (cough) randori so you deal with the chaos of life.

It still might not be any good but any defeat will be less painful.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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Re: differances between school

The "best" art for learning to "fight," meaning, well, for what I think you mean, is probably the art you actually enjoy spending the time in that you need to take it all in and make it unconscious and instinctive. Unless you like going in day after day, month after month, grinding away while trying to understand why you don't understand, none of them will end up working well.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:36 AM   #8
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Re: differances between school

John Power gives good advice, and so do the others. In my opinion Aikido is - with a few exceptions - usually not the martial art to pick up if fighting in the street is your purpose. Hapkido, Jiu-jitsu or any of the more freestyling striking arts may get you there faster (newer karate styles, tae kwon do or Kung Fu for example). Or go with MMA / Gracie JJ or boxing. I've also seen some people use Arnis after a a relative short time spend in training.

I'm not saying Aikido is not effective in a fight. It may be - depending on skill level and the way it is being taught, but it is just not very often taught in a way that will enable you to win a bar brawl after 20 easy lessons. However if you are looking for a way to defend yourself with as little damage on the attacker as possible, and are willing to spend the time on the mat fine tuning your reflexes and sensiblity to others, then Aikido is a great journey. It just have very few short cuts.

Actually you will not get really got at bar fights in any Martial art within a short while, so if you are looking for 'effective' then go with a gun. (disclaimer: I am being somewhat ironic to prove a point - I do NOT encourage anybody to buy a gun and carry it around for self defence).

If you heart is set on Aikido check out the dojo's in within reasonable commuting distance and choose the one where you enjoy the practice the most. Based on chemistry with the sensei and the other students not to mention their approach to Aikido. Nothin beats hands on experience.

Good luck


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Old 04-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #9
Mark Uttech
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Re: differances between school

You only have to make some effort for things to begin happening. Effort is something that keeps going. Good luck.

In gassho,


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