Brian Kagen pick: “The Need to Adapt,” by Rik Ellis

“Anyone who has used Aikido in a truly hostile situation, will tell you that it looked nothing like the training in the dojo, one needs to be able to adapt him/herself and their technique to the situation they are faced with. My Aikido is in my mind, and throughout my body, I make absolutely no pretence of offering myself on a plate to my opponent with a stylised Aikido posture, the biggest mistake in the cage or street is to offer your opponent your leading leg or arm, you will be down before you know what is happenening, then all your Aiki nonsense will be pounded out of you. ( welcome to the real world ).”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. Now this what is known as a real budoka….. A man willing to speak up for aikido in the real sense…..
    Well done Rik…..

  2. Aiki-bunnies take note…or your DEAD!

  3. Taisho leave ’em alone they can’t help their delusion, if they’re are happy, let ’em be happy in their bubble till it pops…..

  4. Brandon Clapp says:

    You beat me to this one :)

  5. Not bringing up “who is right and who is wrong” issue here.
    Simple fact: Aikido saved me from unnecessary fights this entire year and saved my life-also this year.

  6. You don’t need to ….. It’s self evident anyway…

  7. Self evident how?

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