No Knockouts

If you go into Youtube and key in…”Aikido knockout” or attempt to find a video clip that a person is knocked out , KOed by an Aikidoka, please let me know. I hadn’t managed to see one, witness one, personally experienced a KO practising Aikido, or perhaps I hadn’t search  or practised long enough.

So far, personally, I hadn’t seen, or heard about someone being knocked out by a Aikidoka, which could possibly be a very strong testament to the level of safety that is being practiced in Aikido.

Well, then again, the ability to knock a person out cold, does not means that the move, or the martial art is actually ‘dangerous’, as it is always the saying, ‘It is the singer, not the song.’

Well, if the song is simple and pleasant to begin with, then more people will be able to sing it, and sing it well. I guess that is the aim of Aikido and when everyone, or the majority can sing, and sing well, then there is no longer a need for us to quarrel anymore.

Anyway, I don’t think KO-ing a person is a very good demonstration of love and harmony in the spirit of martial arts. Well, then again that’s just me.


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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5 Responses to No Knockouts

  1. Drew says:

    I’ve actually been knocked out. Not cold, but brought down to my knees in Aikido. Someone landed the heal of their foot on my diaphragm one day and I spent the next 3 minutes (an eternity if it was the real thing) lying on the mat.


  2. Drew says:

    I’ve had my fair share of injuries – and I’m sure there are many more to come. Maybe I should put up a post about that…
    Fyi – to me there is no such thing as “safe”, just quality training and aliveness.


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