In most dojo, Aikido Basics are practised over and over again until the students become familiar with them. These include how to stand correctly, fall safely, throw effectively, and pin successfully.
Studies have shown that after dozens of repetitions of these basics, your mind can remember them. Obviously, like everything in life, the more you practise the better you will get.
But, in a stressful combat situation the brain tends to shut down the mental faculties that are not required. This includes the memory of the Aikido basic techniques that you have been practising.
So you will be unable to access technique just when you need it most.
How can you solve this problem?
In fact, it's very easy to solve, once you understand that your Aikido basics must become a muscle memory as well as an intellectual memory. Countless studies have shown that something becomes a muscle memory after you have repeated it 3,000-4,000 times.
These 1000's of repetitions of the same thing will commit them to muscle memory, and also help you develop other essential aspects of Aikido. For example, you'll develop your focus and concentration and begin to control your ego... which will be bored.
Of course, it is important to practise your Aikido basics correctly, or else bad habits will form that become difficult to put right.
It takes a long time to become an expert in Aikido because there are so many different moves you have to learn. This means that each class covers Aikido basic techniques just several times each. Think how many classes it will take you to have practised each technique 3,500 times!
There are many ways that you can avoid unnecessary delay and reduce the time you need to become an expert and my Aikido Success Blueprint discusses them in full detail.
Once you have learnt the Aikido basics on how to stand correctly and fall safely, you will soon be practising Aikido basic techniques.
Shihonage and Ikkajo are usually the first to be covered because they are regarded as very difficult to master, and introduced early on.
Repetition is the only way to get good at anything... right?
Wrong, there are other ways to multiply your skills too!
I suggest that you practise a variety of different ways of performing techniques. This allows you to develop a greater understanding of the main Aiki principles involved that underlie all of them.
is usually practised from a wrist grab, and either a pull or a push. It
teaches you how to control or throw an attacker in any direction, by
manipulating their wrist, elbow and shoulder.
If pulled you move forward, and if pushed you turn away. Shihonage involves leading your attacker around a circle... down, up, over the top and down again, which allows you to totally control them.
Some sort of distraction is necessary in all techniques. This may be a simple shout (ki-ai), a sudden move, or an atemi strike to a nerve point. This reduces your attackers focus and strength, and also opens up a window of opportunity for you to apply your technique.
Ikkyo involves controlling or throwing your attacker using pressure on their elbow to break their balance, while you control the wrist.
you to throw them down or away from you or take them to the
ground and pin by applying pressure to the elbow and wrist.
For example, at the moment just before an attack is launched, you move forward and pre-empt that attack. If they raise their hands, then you usually go into ikkyo and take control of their wrist and elbow.
If they don't get the time to raise their hands and protect their face, then you perform a double palm strike to the forehead.
By doing this with relaxed arms and heavy body, you are able
to sink your weight into the strike. This will completely shock your
attacker, where you can take control, or even better escape the
Other Aikido basic techniques that you will cover are... nikyo, sankyo, yonkyo, gokyo, kote gaeshi, etc. These all involve different ways of locking the wrist to off-balance before controlling or throwing.
These wrist controls
can be very painful, so don't resist them.
Aikido will be explained much better, and in far greater detail by your instructor, or found in many of the excellent books available.
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of the reasons it takes months, even years, to develop your Aikido
skills to a high level, is because of the number of Aikido
techniques you have to learn and the advanced variations of these.
Also, in many dojo's you will practise something for just 10-15 minutes, then move on to something else. This stops boredom and is more entertaining, in other words it keeps students training regularly...
BUT, it is a slow process of learning!
The downfall to this type of training is that it takes years to be proficient at it. You need to know how to defend yourself now, not later. You never know when you may have an aggressive encounter to deal with.
There is a more efficient way of developing your skills, and that is to study Aiki principles and train hard, but train smart...
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