Re: Police Training in Aikido Needed
Since I don't live in the U.K. Oh god, I really hope the U.K. police are hurting that bad, LOL.
That cop really could have used Aikido to stop the protester. Even poorly executed Aikido would have gained the cop more control. In this clip is where would have Aikido really made a difference.
I feel this is what this clip showcases is what Aikido is designed to do. Here if Aikido is used the protester would not have been in control and it wouldn't have been chaos for the cop who clearly was have great difficult in protecting himself because he wasn't trained with the right tools. The situation over took the cop.
I also feel Aikido when done in this or like situation sends a message to others of who is in control. In this type of situation there are those who are triggered to join in the attack on the target because they see the target can't control the situation. That trigger (showing a lack of control) can be a variety of things such as what we see in the clip where the protester has dominance over the situation by repeatedly spraying the cop who can't stop it. Entanglement such as we seen in the clip where the cop and protester look like they are wrestling, or even on the ground struggling show vulnerability to being attacked, losing sight of what is happening around you. The lack of power to stop the attack quickly will all trigger weakness and vulnerablity of the target.
As long as it looks like the attacker doesn't not have the power to stop the attack quickly and show dominance-the problem with entanglements described above- it is a trigger of others to jumps upon the target. That was clearly demonstrated by the cop, he was lucky that the other protesters didn't overtake him as well.
Here is the beauty of Aikido, if the cop used Aikido say a nikyo then he would have shown control quickly over the situation and those waiting to join in on the attack (if there where) who is in control. If another attacker did approached the cop while using nikyo he would have an greater flexibility to deal with that attacker. Because he would have not been entangled and completely occupied with one attack. Because that didn't happen, no Aikido applied the cop was entangled and at the controlled and mercy of the attacking protester.
Seeing this clip where Aikido would have been highly effective if used. But because Aikido wasn't used in the clip it shows the importance of Aikido techniques in these types of situations.
Last edited by Buck : 08-31-2008 at 10:20 AM.