28 Aug

The Efficacy of Aikido

Efficacy of aikido

I’ve come to the realisation over the years that I don’t practice aikido for self-defence – at least not in the traditional sense of manoeuvring myself out the way of punches, applying a well-timed kotegaeshi, and otherwise protecting myself during a fight. A friend also observed to me that most people training at our club probably didn’t train for that reason either, which seems to me to be apparently in contradiction with the reasons people tend to join aikido in the first place. This contradiction is reflected on our club website, which describes the club as a “self-defence club.”

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