Discussion in 'Celebrations!' started by aikiMac, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Finally did it! After 20 years of stop-start-stop-start in aikido, I passed a shodan test today. :D:D:D
  2. Travess

    Travess The Welsh MAPper Supporter

    Tip o' the hat sir...

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  3. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

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  4. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Thanks. :)
  5. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

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  6. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Fantastic! Well done man!
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  7. Aegis

    Aegis River Guardian Admin Supporter

    Nice work!
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  8. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Good job, mate!
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  9. ned

    ned Valued Member

    Well done, congratulations mate !
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  10. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

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  11. Frodocious

    Frodocious She who MUST be obeyed! Moderator Supporter

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  12. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    So what did the test entail? Was it tough?
  13. Late for dinner

    Late for dinner Valued Member

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  14. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    That's awesome! Well done
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  15. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Uke attacked, and I had to pull out any 10 different recognized defenses (or until the instructor said "stop" -- he said it would be 10 but I wasn't counting):
    vertical strike, "aikido chop"
    hook punch to face
    straight punch to face or chest
    wrist grab
    wrist grab with punch
    grab both wrists
    bear hug from behind
    choke from behind

    Against a wall, so I can't move backwards, it was:
    shoulder grab
    shoulder grab with punch

    Then deflect punches and kicks, separately, until he said "stop"
    Then deflect the punch or kick, and get a takedown, for what felt like 5 times
    Then defend a punch/kick combo, with a takedown, probably 5 times

    Then avoid a blow, and take away, a "baseball bat" (bokken actually) and "broom stick" (jo actually), 5 times each

    Then a couple minutes of 1 person continuously attacking in any way he wants, followed by 2-attacker randori

    Then kokyu-ho, an exercise done kneeling that isolates hip movement and demonstrates "extension" of energy.
  16. Alansmurf

    Alansmurf Aspire to Inspire before you Expire Supporter

    Well done young man :)
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  17. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    Awesome! Did you find your boxing any help at all or was it all just aikido stuff you knew by heart?
  18. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Thanks, all. :D ::hearts::

    Ya, boxing improved my aikido tremendously. The concept of angles and moving with hips in boxing, made everything in aikido make sooo much more sense. Every aikido student should take 2 years of boxing (or kickboxing) first. It should be required. That said, I have a catalog in my head of 23 or so moves I can pull off if some one says, "Show me ___." Seven or eight of them are reflexive. I can do those 7 or 8 without even thinking, and even with my eyes closed without thinking about it. My body just knows where to go next based on feel.

    The guy doing the punching and kicking part of the test is an instructor in Bill Wallace and Superfoot karate, which is to say, he actually knows how to jab and punch and kick. That makes for a nicer test. ;)
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  19. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    Have the principals of Aikido had any sort of influence on your boxing?
  20. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    1) The evasive footwork easily crosses over. When I was only a few months into boxing the coach would often use me for demonstration when he was working with someone else in the ring, because I moved well. My punches were terrible but I could glide all over the ring with little trouble.
    2) The idea of keeping the back straight rather than hunching over, and not leaning on the bag during bag work, made sense to me already. I hardly ever leaned on the bag in the beginning.
    3) Power from the hips! There are aikido drills that are supposed to teach this, so I caught on very quickly. Sure, in the beginning I was hitting the heavy with my arms, so the bag would swing. A lot. But much quicker than everybody else, I figured out what it means to punch from the hips. The heavy bag still swings when I hit it, but it pops upward with a "thud!" more than it swings, because I hit with my hips, even when I jab. :D
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