the elite killer, or the elite killer. either emphasis works just as well with what we train to be. No doubt about it. Aikido is no play, play stuff. What we train for, we use best.
First and foremost, like I’ve mentioned before, Aikido is a martial arts. not any fun, fun stuff. for ‘fitness’ or other kinda things. it is, a matter of life and death, and what we train for, must work.
We may not know who we will have to use our skills to deal with. so we must train to handle the best, and come out tops, if not at the least, survive. So what we have, we must be able to use against the best karateka, muay thai fighter, MMA practitioner. We do not aim to win points, carry a trophy around, an Aikidoka’s win is simply the right to carry on with life the way the Aikidoka chooses to live.
It is not easy, for a Karateka or a MMA’s fighter’s repertoire is far wider than that of an Aikidoka. We do not practice leg sweep, roundhouse kick, elbows, palm strikes, gouging, or other variants of hurt.
So with what little we practice, we need to become specialists, elites, in what we do. Surely, in combat, sometimes having a ‘multi-role’ fighter is good. but not always. More importantly a good fighter is able to use whatever knowledge he/she has to maximize the combat effectiveness. In short, we have to force our opponents to fight, our way. We can never possibly learn every single technique in this world to protect ourselves. Even if we did, the variety and range might confuse us and impede our fight, as it is commonly said ‘Too many cooks, spoils the soup.’
Being an elite killer, doesn’t means that we ignore what others are learning, I personally delve into other forms or martial arts to understand how other martial arts work, our these fighters think and what strategies they use. from there, i learn to apply Aikido thinking to blend in with say, a BJJ fighter’s psyche and fighting mentality. It’s a ‘know thy enemy’ part of a martial artist’s strategy.
In doing so the elite killer, becomes the elite killer.