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I've been looking around lately for a martial art and I have narrowed the list down to a few, unfortunately, due to the injuries I sustained in the car crash a few years ago I'm not the most suitable student for any of them.

The main martial arts I am looking at are Krav Maga, Iaido and Aikido.

I am particularly interested in sword forms, especially those of Japanese samurai and katana's, so Iaido and Aikido are of primary interest, however, Krav Maga is also of great interest as it teaches reality based self-defence. I visited my local Aikido dojo last night to talk about my injuries with Jeff Mills Sensei and having seen a training session I want to take it up even more, however, I can see that I will have problems with almost every move, throw and lock. I'm feeling very disappointed and frustrated because I was really looking forward to learning.

Aikido is performed by blending the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the defender "leads" the attacker's momentum using turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks, both of which will quite possibly break my wrist or knee. Aikido is described as a martial art that attacks the opponent's joints and pressure points to defend against an attack. Since I have bad joints already, I think at this time its best not to take up this (painful) activity. Maybe in a few years, my joints will be a little better, with muscle strengthening to help ease the pressure off the joints.

An example joint lock can be seen in the short video below.

Nearly two years on from the accident and it is still negatively affecting my life. I also can no longer draw a long bow because my wrist cannot withstand the tension. Skiing and snowboarding are also possible activities I cannot do, although I am hoping to give snowboarding a go in the New Year.

You can also see a couple of photos of my swords on my Flickr photostream.

One thought on “No Martial Arts Training For Me…
  • 23rd December 2008 at 12:00 am

    Hey,

    I just found your blog, when I was looking for information on wordpress, but I also came across this entire. I've been practicing Aiki Jiu Jitsu, which is the root art of Aikido, for over 4 now. My teacher, was in a motorcycle accident when he was 28 years old, and can do the joint locks, throws, and rolls.

    The reason why I say this, is because I think you should take up Aikido, and just take it easy. Joint locks, and throw can be very hard on anyone, regardless of pass injuries, but especially when you have injuries. It takes a long time to build up strength in your wrist, and your confidences in your ability to do throws and locks, but you have to start somewhere. Most people who enter are class always say they will never be able to take the throws or do the rolls, but after a few months, or even a year, they find they are able to.

    This is just a suggestion, but I feel if you talk to the teacher about your pass injuries, they will be able to work you. Just remember the most important lesson to learn, or at least it is at are class, is to tap. Tap symbols you have reach your pain thrust hold, and signals the other person to stop.

    I do hope you reconsider.

    Andrew

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