Anyone here practice Aikido? If so what are your thoughts on it? I'm interested in that or Krav Maga...or possibly just Judo. XD
I did aikido for about a year, so not a lot of experience. Compared to TKD (which I did for several years), aikido is a lot more applicable. They teach you how to fall, how to roll, etc from the beginning. A lot of the techniques start with "if someone came at you with a knife from this angle" or something like that. Also we practiced with those wooden swords because a lot of the hand techniques are based on sword movements...weeeeeee.
Hope that helps
Wanderer of the Wastes
I've done (Yoshinkan) Aikido on and off for 10 years now, give or take.
If you're looking for MMA style/bar fight stuff, ... you're probably looking for a different art. (Not that Aiki-waza wouldn't be useful in those situations, however it may take years of arduous training to ingrain it in mind and body to the point of 'getting it')
If you're looking for a very, very, in-depth and traditional 'budo' artform, that teaches discipline of the mind and body, and will cultivate a deeper understanding of the true nature of bushido, you simply must try it.
I highly recommend Aikido Yoshinkai Burnaby. Excellent Sensei & group.
Last edited by DNAspark99; 08-12-2011 at 01:54 PM.
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This may not be the answer you're looking for, but I enjoyed grappling a couple of years ago. BJJ to be exact.
I like the idea of Krav Maga since in regards to self defense (although I've heard it's hard to apply it in the real world, since if you're in a situation that requires self defense, you're better off just running away or playing real dirty [which Krav Maga encourages]).
As for sport, BJJ all the way. It was fun to learn and I wish I got into competitions.. Maybe one day...
I'm not a fighter . I'm a nice guy who likes to stick up for people who can't defend themselves and if ever caught in a situation where I'm surrounded ten brown guys who think they're the shit hahaha. I get offended really easily when someone talks shit about taking me down and doing things to my turban.
I will never instigate and will flee 90% of the time and that's why I think Aikido will benefit me!!
Maybe Aikido with TKD or Krav Maga.
Thanks guys. DNA...Thanks I will check em out. I really want to learn from a strict traditional sensei. Most of these days it's all about the money. If I had the money I'd fly to Japan and learn there.
Also any good yoga places??
Oh I just remembered. If you happen to be a UBC student there are aikido classes at the bird coop (daily I think). I see them every time I go to the gym.
The Yoshinkan dojo DNASpark and I trained at in Burnaby has perhaps one of the top English speaking instructors in the world in house. Highly recommended, you'll find guys travelling there from all over just to get the opportunity to learn a few things from him.
It's an older style, much "harder" than the other Aikido styles out there which spend a lot of time talking about ki and energy and spirituality. In Yoshinkan you spend a lot of time getting bruised and throwing people around like rag dolls. Very traditional, but Mustard Sensei is also a Canadian and tempers the old school brutality with a twinkle in his eye, usually after he throws you hard enough to make you bounce.
Saying that, my son has been attending since he was about 8, and is now 12. He's not big or strong but has no problem now stepping into a fight with kids bigger than him and gently folding them up into a little ball and telling them to cut the shit while they glare up at him and can't figure out how he's got them paralyzed
I spent a bunch of years doing TKD and Jujitsu. They got old, but the Aikido keeps challenging me, and despite a stupidly busy work and family life I keep coming back to it.
You should really try it. Call and ask if you can attend at a time Mustard Sensei is teaching, won't cost you anything to get on the mats and try.
Thanks guys!!!! It's not so much that I want to try it but finding the right dojo where they know what theyre doing haha.
Thisll be prefect for my little brother as well as he tends to get himself into a lot of trouble and I think it'll channel his energy elsewhere.
Once again thank you!!! I will be calling them shortly and will report back