If you've been around the Internet at all, you've probably seen them: the "real", "combat" videos of martial arts otherwise derided as ineffective. In them, an instructor, sometimes in camo pants (and sometimes merely with camo pants in his heart) shows you a REAL, NO-NONSENSE way to apply a technique from a compliant martial art. … Continue reading Why Beating Up Your Compliant Training Partner Doesn’t Make You A Badass
Hey folks! What follows below is an interview with Chris Li, a martial artist who has primarily trained in Aikido. He's a great resource within the Aikido community regarding the history of the art and a very approachable guy. He also trains in "internal power", which is something that never made sense to me, even … Continue reading Interview with Chris Li about “Internal Power” training in Martial Arts
Guest article time! This article comes from James Stapleton and is based on a Reddit thread he made of the same title. I found it particularly riveting and asked if I could edit it into a format suitable for the blog, and he generously agreed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. … Continue reading Guest Article: What Makes a Martial Art Effective?
Recently, there was an AMA on /r/aikido with Chhi'mèd Künzang. Mr Künzang is a black belt in Aikido as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and if I say so myself it was an excellent discussion overall. I asked him a number of questions myself, and we started discussing ways to create live-resistant training with Aikido. His … Continue reading Chhi’mèd Künzang: How to add resistance within Aikido without destroying the art
Since my hand is still goofed up, my writing volume will decrease a bit over the coming weeks after surgery. I'll still be writing (and dictating, and maybe God-help-us-all making some YouTube videos) but will also be reaching out to folks for guest articles. We're gonna start off big with a guest article from a … Continue reading Guest Article, Josephine Fan: Perceptions of the Aikido Community
Part One of this series is available here.There is a thread on the old Aikiweb forums called "Aikido does not work at all in a fight". It was posted over 18 years ago, on 10/17/2000. At the time of this writing, it is still the top post on Aikiweb and has 2034 replies. I know … Continue reading Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part Two, Present: The never-ending "effectiveness" debate
Atlanta doesn't usually get very cold, but on that December day in 1999, it was freezing as I walked into the Aikido dojo for my first class. There was a heater, working overtime and doing its best but coming up short as the mats were still rock hard. Saturday classes, as I'd come to find … Continue reading Aikido, Past Present and Future. Part 1, Past: My Journey Into (and out of) Aikido