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.
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 over 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. You can see some more videos on my YouTube channel.
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.
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