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Old 04-27-2010, 09:31 PM   #26
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
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Re: striking in Aikido

Rabih and Logan, you bring up 2 very good points.
1. How to train
2. How to go beyond the comfort zone

No 1 is just a great way to train in the dojo. It reflects the general community that makes up a dojo. Realistically, this comprises martial artists, hobbyist, health and fitness individuals, students and the like. The % of budoka and fighters might be small. Thus a method which simulates strikes but takes away most of the danger would be the best way to proceed.

No 2. For some though, they learn Aikido not as a past time but as something that they will inculcate in their lives. Be it for self defence, a tool or etc. To them, simulations are great, but what about the real thing. So other than going out and looking for opportunities to use it, you can also simulate 'reality' in the dojo. By upping the ante, you ask committed strikes that should hurt if you fail to apply. You also have a checklist. This checklist eliminates stages of the 'reality' that you do not wish to partake i.e. strikes that can permanently disable, fight to kill, lethal weapons, verbal abuse, sans tatami mats, and the like. In any case, simulation training increases proficiency and maintains the lifespan of the trainee as opposed to real training.

In any case, preconceived striking and its follow through are still ritualised. Haymakers, blindside strikes, grappling, hands not free, distracted situations are reality...

Finally, the objective of training must be clear from the get go. If the question has always been, can I really use Aikido when push comes to shove, no amount of simulation (reality or otherwise) in the dojo will convince you. The day you finally use it out there is the day you will find out yourself. There are no buts.

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:38 AM   #27
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Dojo: Hildesheimer Aikido Verein
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Re: striking in Aikido

Cherie Cornmesser wrote: View Post
Thanks for the clarification. Could you explain the reason, in the sword work, that you would not continue all the way through?
Like Ron wrote: The sword should always stay in a position which leeves no openings.
And the cut of the sword isn't a downward cut. The sword moves towards the attacker. Not towards the ground.

So when doing shomen uchi subiri its not me who stops the sword. But the sword just stops at a position near seigan kamea.

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Old 04-29-2010, 07:00 AM   #28
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Re: striking in Aikido

The main thing about any cutting /striking /thrusting motion in Aikido is to give a sincere attack.In order to practice with safety you have to tailor your attack to suit the situation. An attack on a Shihan obviously can be applied with more rigour than one applied to a 6th Kyu.Its a case of using ones common sense.
The attack while being sincere should be made in a manner that utilises the total power of the body not simply using individual parts. Maintaining ones own posture while making atemi of course is a prerequisite.No point n striking anyone if you yourself are off balance .
As far as dealing with fast /slow /soft /hard punches etc as long as you use correct timing and blend with your partner there should be no problem.You either use SenSen no Sen , Sen no Sen or Go no Sen principles.Applying these three timings allows you to deal with the situation at hand.
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