|11-26-2009, 04:16 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
The fundamental principle of Aikido is doing it with someone else. I've seen dojos run as cooperatives (the members partially own it), and you may be able to get someone to help you join.
Don't try to learn it online. You need to actually get thrown, and have an experienced person there to correct your mistakes, in order to understand it deeply.
|11-26-2009, 10:33 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
|11-28-2009, 03:14 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2009
One more thing - What you do with the martial art depends on You and only on You. You could study any martial art(that has practical applications), and choose to either use it to hurt people or use it only for self-defense or for the practice itself. Aikido is a good martial art, no doubt, but the fact that its a good martial art to study doesn't mean its the only one. I'd recommend you look around your area for dojos in any martial art that seems decent to you, and check them out. Choose the place that seems to resonate best with you.
Some places are tournament based(most Judo, Tae-kwan-do, Boxing dojos I know, for example)
Some places are based on practice for health, for example most Tai-Chi places I've seen
Some places are based on the idea that you should learn whatever you can for self defence, and base themselves on that
Some teach in a very traditional manner
Others teach in a very "modern" manner
Basically - Each dojo in itself can be different, and you should find a place that resonates with you. Also - no martial art I know of activly manifests violence. They generally teach you how to deal with it.
Anyhow - in tearms of learning by video, I would never recommend it for any martial art. But Aikido least of all - it requires a huge amount of cooperative work, having a strong focus on joint-locks.
Hope this helps,
|02-09-2010, 02:50 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Exactly. Aikido is more a philosophy than a sport.
I would also recommend that you find a dojo in your area and train with others.
I personally train Kyokoshin and I can't imagine learning it only through videos. As I train only twice per week I use sometimes videos to train at home.
|02-09-2010, 07:45 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2010
The thing is that there is no way to learn by watching videos. This martial art is difficult because it is based on technique, where precision is needed.
To achieve this level of technique, you need to feel how the body moves and how you can control those movements. The only way to get this feeling is by practicing with someone.
An important thing about Aikido is to learn how to fall down and how to receive the Aikido techniques. You will only learn this by allowing somebody to practice with you.
I love Aikido.
|02-09-2010, 08:32 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2009
I do grappling and you can't really build any skill by yourself but there are things you can do.
As a martial artist you will be completely un-effective until you work with live people and actual sparring BUT you can get a head start on memorizing the basic techniques and movements.
I learned a lot from videos. I have a video from a champion grappler - Mario Sperry and I am able to get ideas from it and then polish them in class with other students.
If you have access to a mat you can practice with a friend. Use extreme caution with takedowns. Someone needs to teach you how to fall down safely and what things to NOT do at 100%. Obviously punching a sparring partner in the face at 100% is out but there are many other things to avoid with grappling type arts so you don't hurt your partner or yourself.
Like a flying armbar is practiced slowly step by step and with the extra-thick mat.
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