Discussion in 'OT Bar' started by Yojimbo, Nov 10, 2005.
Is aikido ever used in MMA?
you cant really hold someones wrist while they punch you in the face with the other hand
I'm sure someone has done it in the past that competes, but I'm also sure that that is not the main art they compete with. If you're asking if it is useful compared to other arts like judo I would say no.
I think it could be useful
Aikido is notorious for being nearly impossible to use after years and years of training. If you are going to compete in MMA and risk having your face broken, why put your chances in the hands of a questionable art?
That's like saying tae kwon gay could be useful. Of course if you are a beginner you could learn a lot of things from it, but why study an extremely flawed art when you could focus on something much more useful such as thai boxing?
Actually, I was thinking the opposite. If you're not a beginner and you know the many other "basics" of combat rock solid, then I think you could benefit from studying Aikido.
There is an older guy where I train who is a black belt in aikido. He describes it as the world most effective art that has no practical application.
Yeah... the way I see it is like this: Mixed martial arts really has no restriction on what style you can choose to practice (nobody is stopping you from taking aikido or taekwondo). But all of the professionals train in the specific arts they do (mt/wrestling/boxing/bjj) because it has been proven to be the MOST effective.
Steven Segal will snap the necks of all of you naysayers
Aikido is rarely seen in MMA, as most of it requires small joint manipulation which is illegal at most MMA events.
He came to my middle school
yeah leave the aikido to the chi hippies.
I'm sure there are concepts in aikido that might be useful but the time it would take to extract them for use in the cage could definately be better spent in full contact alive trainng arts.
I went to a few free classes at a local school here. It's a very exact and demanding style. I could immediately see that if you made one mistake you were going to get clobbered. I think it's something I would take after years a study in a more practical art. Or when I got rather old.
if you've already been studying aikido (i studied it for about a year) and then you get into mma, it'll give you some interesting foundations, but honestly, if you're already getting into MMA without a background in aikido, i wouldn't devote the time to it. like aces said, when i get old, i'll probably get back into it.