Re: Fight Finishing Aikido
Love this quote, "Don't mistake the word ‘basic' for ‘easy' -"
No kidding. I tell my beginners all the time, "This is very simple. I didn't say it was easy, just simple."
I just finished another round of training with JW Bode, a student of Sensei Gies back int the day for quite a while, who has taken his aikido into penitentiaries, on felony arrests, and into cells for extracting armed prisoners. He uses aikido, and has never sent anyone to the hospital after an encounter (more than 3,000) felony arrests and hundreds of the cell extractions), nor has he had to go for himself - the telling factoid.
Aikido "can be" flowy and pretty and mystical and spiritual and all those other things that make people who don't know what they are seeing think it's BS, right? But, it can be devastating, brutal, effective as all get out and puts paid to an attacker in one swift movement and assist by the 9.2 meters per second squared.