Aikido self defence can be a very effective method of protecting yourself, your family, and loved one's. in a street attack situation...
if you practise in a certain way!
Many of the standard ways of studying Aikido, are more focused on harmony, balance, self discovery, and improving yourself as a person.
It is also designed to teach you how to use your skills, on a daily basis, as you interact with other people. But, sometimes it appears that the more martial side of the art is pushed further and further away.
Don't get me wrong, I applaud the instructors that are moving the art of aikido into the 21st century and using it for practical purposes. Learning how to deal with people in difficult situations is very useful.
The Aikido dojo training atmosphere is also good for challenging yourself and your emotions and feelings. It brings your ego out, so you can examine it and change for the better. I could, of course go on...
When things go wrong, and you get into a difficult situation that you cannot resolve in a reasonable way, you are going to need back up. When an aggressor wants to tear your head off and permanently damage you...
The time for talking is over and you have to use a pre-emptive strike, or react to their sudden aggressive, violent attack...
Remember, most of us are used to a warm cosy feeling as we practise our Aikido self defence techniques. Also even if we miss our timing and cannot block an attack in the dojo, will it really do that much to us...
After all a full on street attack is aggressive, and it has been shown, by experts, that it can freeze you in your tracks. Even if you are a seasoned student or instructor, can you really get past that rush of adrenaline when you are in fear for your life.
Of, course if you are one of those students or instructors, who can calmly deal with any sudden stressful situation, then go about your day, unaffected (like a cat), then you are ok... right?
I am not trying to have a go at students or instructors of Aikido, But, just to wake up those who think they are safe, After all there is an increasing amount of street violence happening on a daily basis.
Most people think it always happens to someone else, and it will not happen to them... are you that sure it wont happen to you?
There is another way of practising real Aikido self defence, which I don't prefer, but I do recognise the need for. That is when the attacks are as hard as your partner can hit or grab. This is when you feel inside that you have to make it work, or...
experience the force of the blow!
Aikido Yoshinkan is taught to the Japanese riot police, who send their officers on a tough training course. If you use this training and add some street type attacks from a variety of different angles, then you are getting closer to being able to defend yourself in an aggressive situation.
This type of training is sometimes a little scary, but it takes you nearer to the edge of reality. Occassionally your block isn't good enough, or you didn't avoid the strike fast enough. This tends to wake you up, giving you the incentive to get it right or suffer the consequences.
These dojo's and this type of training are becoming less common, but are still an essential part of the complete Aikido experience. After all real Aikido self defence is supposed to be 'martial' then 'art'...
not the other way round!
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