Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:57 PM
One of the most impressive aspects for me is shown in Thor's lovely poster there. Not only do much larger opponents get thrown, opponents, if aikido-trained, can be thrown again and again and again and they just get back up. The idea seems to go beyond simple breakfalling and/or resilience, especially for the highly skilled. They incorporate the force into their movement, and it doesn't appear to bother them any more than moving from a walk into a run. If I learn that, and nothing else, I shall be happy.
Edit: Okay, I feel I'm getting it a bit more than I was to begin with. It's all about speed and movement, it's hardly ever about strength. Totally different approach than my usual. Still can't relax, but that's not holding me back so much as my poor footwork. Got praise for some of my throws, which were said to be good for someone so inexperienced, and my rolls are excellent, apparently.
A main basic technique, ikkyo, is simple and effective. Catch the arm, lock it, leverage them to the ground, apply pain in whichever quantity you need. Like a lot of them, it's relatively open, so you can add on strikes if you like at various points without ending the technique early.
I'm thinking back to past encounters now and seeing them in entirely different ways. One of the wristlocks is a marvel to see (a petite lady instructor dropped me to my knees with it, one handed, in about two seconds) and something I will definitely be using if someone is daft enough to grab me. The knowledge of the body is marvellously integrated, bones, joints, nerves etc are all turned against their owner, and I got to see some defences versus knife that made a lot of sense (hand/wrist/arm isolation in particular) which kept the knife pointed at the wielder, which made me chuckle.
The idea that, when well-trained, you can disable even an armed asailant and leave him with nothing more than a bruise or sore spot the next day is alien to me, I must admit. The idea, so far, has been to carry out the equivalent of a nuking if someone turns up with a blade. Isolate the knife hand, then strikes to the knees, throat, eyes, groin, etc, get them down, and kick the living shit out of them.
Implementing aikido in such a situation would probably mean intense pain for the attacker, but no permanent damage, as you often isolate the knife hand, lock the arm, leverage him to the floor, pin, and take the knife away (the idea that anyone could resist a knife being taken from their hand when you're applying rotation to a locked hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder is ridiculous) and then simply wait for the police. This strikes me as being an ideal. In such a situation, I'd probably break the attacker's arm at least, even if I managed to pin him without breaking it in the first place. I think I'd be so angry I'd take the knife off him and stamp him to paste.
But I suppose it's excellent from a legal standpoint. If I can stop an attacker, pin him to the ground, and hold him there easily and call the police, so much the better for me. The police can't accuse me of excessive force, and I can work the arm until they turn up.
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