In Aikido training and YouTube videos we see that most of the attacks practiced are single strikes and not a rapid succession of strikes as per usual martial art. So why? How on earth did this come about? From what I can tell, Aikido came from the battlefield hundreds of years ago, where battle was undertaken with a big heavy choppy thing called a Katana. From what I can make out it seems that it was a more complete form where Judo, Jiu Jitsu and close striking forms were included, but they somehow became broken apart into these current forms.
If the attacker has a 3-4kg (at a guess) Katana they swing or plunge at the receiver with, then there is too much mass involved to strike with another limb in the same space of time as say, boxing. Also when there’s a big sharp lump of steel coming at you, you don’t try to block it or stop it. Something else has to be done.
It also seems to sit in the realm of correct distance. If you are at Aikido distances, then you are not close enough to receive a boxing, karate style attack.
An interesting blend of techniques. Somewhere between Aikido and BJJ. Just wondering if this guy has many vids on multi strike techniques or more ground techniques where the receiver offers more counter techniques?
So far in BJJ training I’ve not been able to pull many Aikido techniques except on the less experienced people. Once someone is locked on on the ground with both people kneeling it’s very hard to throw them as they are usually very centred and not giving you anything to work with. Also folding at the wrist is look down upon in BJJ.
However it feels very similar in that technique goes a long way. In BJJ attaining that super calm rag doll state where you let the other bend and twist you around and only place your own body and limbs lightly with minimum effort where they need to go. Limbs and body posture act as a structural framework to let the other tie themselves in knots with their own strength.
Aikido uses this same rag doll head body state and no self head space. One of the problems is that the receiver has to fall easily for beginners to learn, but then this easy falling happens for experts and some techniques become invalid.
So I tried this foot work briefly last night, but not enough times to call it valid. It makes sense in a dynamic situation where both uke are trying to take nage’s body centre as nage has something to work with. However, if they have their minds firmly planted on the ground below their pelvis’ whilst grabbing nage, are the foot movements above to move them off balance with minimal force?
These uke in the above videos are clearly going with the technique. How effective is it when they don’t?