Sep
06

“Mokuren Interview: Roy Dean” by Patrick Parker

“While there is always overlap in the kind of students each art may attract, if I were forced to generalize, Aikido tends to attract a more white collar, older demographic than BJJ. I originally thought that my Academy would bring in hot-blooded 18-24 year old males in some kind of Ultimate Fighter frenzy to learn the art, but I’ve been surprised by the number of members in their 30′s, 40′s, and even 50′s that are joining up and embracing the discipline. Aikido is often thought of as a retirement martial art, a graduate school for old judoka and martial artists interested in movement and subtle body mechanics. If you create the right kind of environment, BJJ can also serve that function, allowing older warriors to share the mat and grapple down with the younger generations, exploring movement and techniques while balancing it with healthy resistance levels.
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One thing to note, however, is that Aikido tends to attract and retain far more female students than BJJ. Not everyone is comfortable with the closeness that ground grappling requires, and I understand that some may never truly get past that required distance. ”

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Comments

  1. …hmmmm… a retirement martial art: I resemble that comment!

    As a practical matter, getting down on the ground and personal leaves your opponent’s pals free to kick your kidneys.

  2. Allen Beebe says:

    Hi Roy,

    Thanks for posting the article. I’ve heard great things about you, your dojo and your teaching ability.

    BTW, when you said, “If you create the right kind of environment, BJJ can also serve that function, allowing older warriors to share the mat and grapple down with the younger generations, exploring movement and techniques while balancing it with healthy resistance levels.”

    I’ve found this to be really true. Given what you said about “the right kind of environment,” rolling is one of the lowest impact ways to get a tremendous aerobic workout, while strengthening the body, loosening and lubricating joints and challenging the mind. So far, in my limited experience, the guys I’ve rolled with have been devoid of excessive egoism and pretentiousness, even when working with someone as clueless as me.

    Keep up the good work.

    Allen Beebe

    (While it is true that “getting down on the ground and personal leaves your opponent’s pals free to kick your kidneys.” Getting down on the ground and personal without knowing what to do on the ground potentially leaves one down there a lot longer . . . maybe permanently. And saying, “I’ll never go there.” seems to imply that one has the power to preclude all of life’s factors seen, unseen and unforeseen. I’ve never met anybody like that.)

  3. Taisho says:

    You will go to the ground…without your permission…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=215Ai-2dFIU

  4. Taisho says:

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