This post is about the tactical events with a jyu-waza. the ‘How-to’ part that excites everybody. I don’t write such stuff because it doesn’t really appeals to me, or i am plain no good as a tactician? you decide then after this post.
Dealing with multiple attacks in Aikido, is a definite form. it is different from dealing with a multiple attack in a street fight. No, I’ve never been in a street fight, so let’s not get pretentious.
This is about a discourse study of martial arts in a practice environment, period.
When jyu-waza begins, we have to look at the proximity of the approaching ukes and moves to meet the closest one or make a distance to starve off the incoming energy. And since these ukes are our fellow aikidokas, we would have trained long enough with them to know them, so deal with the ‘weakest’ one first.
with 2,3 attackers, or more, a couple of no brainer strategy follows, (a) throw uke 1, into the path of the uke 2, thus disrupting uke 2’s trajectory, or (b) spread these ukes out to the far corners of the mat. There are other no brainer tactics to deal with multiple attacks, but i shall delve into this two options first.
Hey, what about you? your own positioning? if you select (a) and throw the uke 1 in front of you to block uke 2, please be reminded that uke 1 is now so much closer to you and can again attack you from where he/she landed, and you will end up dealing with a situation you didn’t plan for.
for (a), be aware of the ‘now’ distance between uke 1 and you. if you’re too close, move away, so that when uke 1 gets up to attempt to attack you, you are too far for him/her to attack, and since he/she has got his/her eyes fixed on you, chances are he/she cannot see uke 2 and both might really catch themselves in a quandary, without you in the middle.
If you select (b), don’t forget, distance built speed, energy, amongst other really bad against you things. so when they are at the far corners (assuming that you are skilled enough to put them there.) they will get up and come for you so move. Basically option (b) reset the situation. they have to come for you again, and you can again select the weakest one to deal with.
option (b) is not for an escapist Aikidoka. throw them far, far away so that you don’t have to deal with them? fat hope. you ukes will come for you, that is their job. you are the magnet for the ukes, so again move to meet them. which means you must be fluid on the mat, never to be caught dead in the centre, never to be caught dead at a corner. lure your ukes to a corner, dump all of them there, since a corner is tight for one, put 2,3 guys there, buy yourself some time while they try to get out of that corner.
put them all in the middle of the dojo, so that you can orbit around them, like an eagle circling high above the prey. when they come for you again, while you are orbiting, it make it hard from them to catch you strong in a straight line. when you orbit and they follow, they will become like the moon to Earth, drawn to the gravitational pull, unable to break away, except to follow.
Sounds nice huh? try putting those into action then.