Steven Seagal-ish techniques used against MMA fighters in sparring

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Aikido is a self-defense focused martial art that claims to be able to use the attacker’s own energy against them. It focuses on primarily joint locks such as wrist locks and throws and it is seen utilized by Steven Seagal in many of his action films.

Now compared to other martial arts, aikido doesn’t seem to be very effective and is a little outdated. However, in this video from YouTube channel ‘Catchjitsu’ we see a guy able to effectively use some aikido techniques when sparring with MMA fighters and it is pretty interesting.

He is able to successfully use several various different wrist locks during ‘hand fighting’ which is common in grappling training and competition and it pretty much a battle for who gets the dominant hand position or grip on their opponent.

Surprisingly enough, he is able to even use the wrist locks to then turn them into throws in order to get a dominant position on the ground.

Granted, like the guy makes note of in the video description, he is quite a bit bigger than most of the guys he is ‘rolling’ with so that can have an impact as he is probably much stronger than the rest. These techniques might not be as effective if performed by a smaller man but is nonetheless pretty impressive and one of the few times aikido techniques actually look kind of legit.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit”. Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique. [Source: Wiki]

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