Thursday, November 23, 2017


Many martial arts rely on small joint manipulation to gain compliance through pain and or damage to the joint. In Aikido, we train to subdue an attacker by connecting to and controlling their center (of gravity) through their joints. Though pain may be a side effect, it isn't the goal. We prefer to preserve the joint as a broken one severs the connection to their center (of gravity). That and a larger, stronger attacker likely poses difficulty for a smaller, physically weaker defender when it comes to damaging their joints. But we can manipulate to the point of effective control of their center. Once we control that, we have their own strength at our disposal to deal with them as the situation calls.

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