Martial Arts Journey
What is Value for your training dollar?
Fast, Slow or Half Fast
Aikido and the Street, Part 1
Difference In Training
My Quest for TenShin Aikido
What is Tenshin Aikido?
Why Don't Aikido Schools
Karateka Should Practice Aikido
It has been suggested
that those who practice Karate and other striking martial arts should consider
practicing Aikido also. This is not because Aikido is a superior art to
karate. Bruce Lee said, “My way is not your way.” That is also true of karate
and Aikido as we do not expect those who practice karate to do things the aikido
way. However, there is one benefit that a Karateka can obtain from Aikido and
that is in the area of pain management.
Those who have
practiced karate and other striking arts for any period of time have suffered
pain and injuries. You have learned to take pain from being struck by an
opponent and made parts of you bodies such as shins, arms, abdomen hard against
attacks. You have had your share of bruises. However, as Dave Lowry suggests in
Black Belt Magazine (July 2005 Issue), the injuries sustained in karate tend to
come suddenly and unexpectedly (such as fist to face). The kind of pain
encountered in karate does not include the type of pain that you inflict slowly
and deliberately, in gradually increasing degrees. Aikido specializes in this
type of pain.
Aikido teaches the
manipulation of the joints and the infliction of pain that joint manipulation
can create. The joint locks cause intense pain but when done correctly, do not
inflict any injury. Many people are skeptical about the effects of the joint
lock until it is applied. The reaction to the joint lock is uncontrolled and
unexpected in many cases. The same Karateka that does not flinch to receiving a
split lip may lose his balance and collapse when a wrist lock is applied. In
some cases, beginners may even wet their pants. This is not because the Karateka
is weaker but because he has not experienced the pain from the technique and not
yet developed the self control necessary to manage that pain.
By practicing Aikido
techniques in conjunction with karate, the Karateka can learn the pain
management of joint locking techniques. The training is gradual and once the
Karateka learns to do the techniques themselves, they can practice executing the
techniques. Aikido uses a series of wrist exercises to strengthen the wrists and
teaches postures that can used to reduce the amount of pain being received.
Thus, it might be beneficial for a Karateka to learn joint pain management as
well as the overall body conditioning necessary for the striking arts. This
helps to make you a more rounded martial artist.
Jim Eggleston, Sandan
Tenchin Budo Kai