Pre douche Seagal was pretty awesome.
You ever notice that Seagal only seems to fight guys that are at lead a head shorter than him? It always seems that his "skill" is merely being bigger than everyone else.
Aikido is so dumb.
I took classes in Aikido from the Ki Society when I was a kid. The Ki Society is a branch of Aikido teaching that focuses more on the concept of Ki or Chi, meaning your inner spiritual energy or life force. There was regular meditation involved before every class, where we would practice "extending our Ki".
One of the very first things they taught us is how to 'fall', meaning when someone tries to throw you, rather than resist it you sort of jump into it and help them throw you. Ostensibly, this is to promote safety so that people know how to fall properly and nobody gets hurt. In practice, the result is that basically every throw is choreographed in much the same way as an off-the-cuff professional wrestling match. By the time you're throwing them, your opponent isn't resisting and is in fact helping you do it.
I remember going to a major statewide Ki Society competition when I'd been doing it for about a year. We partnered up with someone from our dojo that we had a lot of experience sparring with and took turns demonstrating our throws and holds in front of the judges. There were no "matches" for anyone to win or lose, and we were judged on our form.
Oh, and at the competition, some of the higher tier black belts were demonstrating their ability to use their Ki to let the air out of a car tire by kneeling beside it and concentrating. Something for us grasshoppers to look forward to.
It always struck me as judo for guys with ponytails. Does that make sense?
Small joint manipulation is definitely useful, but SweaterCollection's story pretty much summed up what I already figured about Aikido.
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For linking that tag.
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that was cool, I learned a thing.
If he was that bald in 1982 how did he grow so much more hair?
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