What works, what doesn’t?

One evening after class, Renny, Wai Mun and I were walking back, discussing the techniques which we did in class earlier. And both Renny and Wai Mun agreed that some of the techniques will not ‘work’ in an outside situation.

Well, we can say our peace on what works and what doesn’t in a realistic ‘bar fight’ situation. Ask yourself, which of the Aikido techniques will you bring to a bar fight? Ask yourself again, will you bring a bar fight into an Aikido dojo? More of the latter than the former perhaps?

We need to remind ourselves again, that what we learned in Aikido is applicable as a martial art. Being a martial art, our teachers would have taught us something useful for us to use in a bar fight situation, more often than not, our teachers has taught us how to NOT get into a barfight situation. And if we do find ourselves in one, it only proves that our training is lost.

In a bar fight situation, there is a lot of ego involved, who hits first and etcetera, the mental and psychological tension swings back and forth, with a lot of taunting and name calling, to provoke either incumbent to lose the cool and hit first. If we find ourselves engaged in a heated argument as such, we need to ask ourselves to what end? so what if we win the verbal argument? Our opponent will probably up the ante and try to win a physical argument, by hitting us first, or worse hit our loved ones, our collaterals.

Fighting, in general, is very dynamic and unpredictable. Even for a seasoned Karateka, or MMA fighter with a much wider fighting plethora than an Aikidoka, might not win a ‘real’ fight. a lot has to do in the timing, environment, aggressor(s) the lighting, and a lot of other 3 dimensional factors. No one can tell who will come out of a fight unscathed. the best, as it is always said, is not to fight.

And if you have to fight, Aikido is not the best style to use. surely there is some useful practical techniques and i can roughly ball park about 15-20% of the techniques will work outside of the dojo. surely this number is open to dispute, but in any form of fighting, it is the size of the fight in the dog, rather than the size of the dog in the fight, irrespective of styles or school of martial arts.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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