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Old 08-03-2003, 01:09 AM   #1
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AikiWeb Poll for the week of August 3, 2003:

How dangerous do you believe everyday aikido training is?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Extremely dangerous
  • Very dangerous
  • Somewhat dangerous
  • Not very dangerous
  • Not at all dangerous
Here are the current results.
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:11 AM   #2
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Until this very moment there are 3 votes for "extremely dangerous". It must be difficult for those people families..he lefts at night with his aikido bag, and they wonder if he will make it and return home.

The next poll should be "how sincere are you when voting?"

PS: I think you may add the option "As dangerous as Michael Jackson holding his baby"

Last edited by Nacho : 08-04-2003 at 02:17 AM.
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Old 08-04-2003, 02:33 AM   #3
Dojo: South West Aiki
Location: Margaret River
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I normally wouldn't consider it any more dangerous than crossing the street but i had to vote: somewhat dangerous

on account of a pair of broken ribs and torn ligament in right shoulder.

but i'm curious too as to where the people who voted in the extreme train...

do you go out everyday and pick fights with Mike Tyson????

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
--Isaac Asimov

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Old 08-04-2003, 02:52 AM   #4
Dojo: Seigi Dojo
Location: Jakarta
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on account of a pair of broken ribs and torn ligament in right shoulder.
my god Anna, do you train in MMA Aikido or what?

Anyway, as long as you sincere enough in training and don't resist when you are already controlled by your nage, you'll find aikido training is very safe.
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:56 AM   #5
Dojo: Federación Mexicana de Aikido
Location: Mexico City
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 188
MMA Aikido?

Seriously, the drive to school and back is way more dangerous.
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Old 08-05-2003, 08:28 AM   #6
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I chose, "Not very dangerous" because so long as both uke and nage have a basic level of competency, it is extremely safe. The most dangerous situations I have been in involve folks who either didn't know what they were doing (tweeked my shoulder on a simple kuzushi) or someone who thought they knew what they were doing but were so absorbed in the technique that he didn't support me properly in the fall for tenshi nage.


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Old 08-08-2003, 07:53 AM   #7
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Dojo: Taikyoku Budo & Kiko - NY, PA, MD
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Re: How dangerous . . .

I voted in the 'somewhat dangerous' category because I think if uke is giving you a strong attack, then there always exists the 'possibility' of some injury. If uke doesn't have good ukemi skills and nage is not 'taking care' of uke, then there exists a possibility that uke could be injured in the fall/pin. If uke is giving a strong attack with intention to do damage and nage is having an off night or not blending correctly, there might be a good WHACK forthcoming. I think I would rather get somewhat bopped with an honest attack on the mat then take a hit for real and be completely surprised.

While I think a certain amount of soreness, bruises, etc. is going to result from serious martial training, that doesn't mean that you can't create an mutual environment of safety. For the practice to have integrity, however, I believe it's important to go out to the edge from time to time, which, in my mind, does lend itself to the 'somewhat dangerous' category. This is not to say that I approve of folks that just beat on each other, but the nice place about the dojo is that, hopefully, you've built up a level of trust with your training partners so that you can really 'bring it' from time to time and walk that edge.


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