Aikido frequently catches quite a lot of flack when it comes to it being a functional martial art in modern day setting.
The most popular martial arts used worldwide by law enforcement are: Filipino martial arts (Arnis de Mano, Doce Pares, Modern Arnis, etc.), Traditional Ju Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Aikido once used to be a famous Martial Art, respected by all martial artists. Yet these days it is losing it’s popularity fast, while being compared to other modern martial arts. Yet what made it become so unpopular? And what can actually save it from this unfortunate fate?
BJJ experts analyse two videos of Aikido grand masters demonstrations, pointing out the flaws in logic, training methods and some potential in their technique.
The masters in analysis are Moriteru Ueshiba – grandson of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, who was responsible for expanding the biggest Aikido organization in the world known as Aikikai. The second video features Gozo Shioda, one of the main students of Morihei Ueshiba and famous Aikido master known for a more rough, pre-war style of Aikido.
The two videos are analyzed by Straight Blast Gym Portland’s BJJ coaches Cane Prevost (2nd degree BJJ black belt, also Taekwondo black belt), John Mertlich (BJJ brown belt) and Rokas Leonavicius (3rd degree Aikido black belt, BJJ white belt).
This video is the first part of a two part video, where in the second part we will take a look together at one of the Aikido techniques from the video on the mat and will try to make it functional.
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