“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 ).”
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