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Old 10-09-2003, 10:15 AM   #1
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Grappling / Trapping / Striking, what is Aikido?

This issue came up a while ago, I was of the opinion that Aikido is a trapping art and the explaination I gave is that to me the difference between these "types" have more to do with distance (ma-ai) and timing.

My personal theories about all this go as follows:

Striking: The distance is large while the timing is usually pre-emptive, with players trying to land blows quickly and then retreating before being retaliated against. This is not an all encompassing definition but it works for me.

Trapping: The distance is smaller than striking but close contact is avoided, Timing is more defensive than pre-emptive and the nage waits for his uke to cross the gap.

Grappling: The distance is very close, or both players attempt to close the distance as soon as possible. Timing is initially (while closing the distance) pre-emptive like striking but can vary from pre-emptive to defensive while attempting technique.

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Old 10-10-2003, 09:08 AM   #2
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IMHO, trying to define Aikido by ma-ai (distance) is not every useful. Almost all arts fight at all the distances but specialize in a few.

Also, trying to define a art by its waza (technique of grappling, trapping, or striking) is also not useful. A strike can be use as a block or trap, which can be use as a grap, etc. It all tends to flow into one.

The classification of an art only limits it. Take the principles of Aikido and apply them to all distances and technqiues.

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Old 10-12-2003, 04:21 AM   #3
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Lynn,

That was one of the best posts (responses) that I have read on this web. Nicely done. Aikido is a cosmology and to define it is to limit it. Each of the principles can be defined, all eight of them, but the whole, I think it is not worth the effort. That is being done each day on a thousand mats all over the world.

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Old 10-12-2003, 11:40 AM   #4
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Lynn, That was one of the best posts (responses) that I have read on this web. Nicely done.
Thanks.

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Old 10-12-2003, 01:19 PM   #5
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I agree Lynn. Analyzing techniques and methods can be useful, but not in defining what aikido is for.

Aikido is something like a way of life through harmonizing with the energy of the universe. Or so I'm told.

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