Hi – my name’s Azu. Welcome to AikidoFlow.
I’m here to basically explain to you or basically answer the question why I choose aikido over
any martial arts. Now I wanna stress I’m not saying aikido is the best martial arts in
the world; there’s aspects of it which are brilliant, aspects of all martial arts – all
martial arts is brilliant. But for what I do, aikido I’ve found is the best martial
art. My day job I work in a school, teaching kids, part time I do security in nightclubs.
I’ve been doing that for about 15 years and I’ve been in a lot of situations where I’ve
used aikido in real life. And the reason why it’s best for me is because it gives me choice.
Now, I’m not that young anymore, and it’s nice to be able to do something without having
to punch or kick all the time. I’ve seen – I’ve been arrested twice on the job. And that’s
often been the result of me hitting somebody back in the day and police come, they see
blood, a broken nose or whatever, next thing minute I’m in cuffs, I’m being arrested. And
that was just me acting in self defence. But aikido lately I’ve found has given me a choice,
like for example – sorry, Ondrej can I borrow you please? Ondrej! For example, I’ve been
in many situations now. Let’s..I’m gonna talk about first of all the situations where I’ve
managed to defuse a situation and have it not escalate to anything. Ok, one scenario
– one guy here, his mates are kicking off, so all security are fighting here, this guy
I’m trying to keep him calm, and suddenly he just grabs me, ok. And he grabs me and
he goes for a punch here, ok. I was able to block it and come with a nikkyo and say to
him “Hey my man, relax, calm down, ok”. He felt a bit of pain here and that was enough
for me, I didn’t even have to take him down all the way or anything, that was enough for
him to say “Alright, alright, I’m good I’m good I’m good.” And this defused the situation.
Another time, same thing, guy went for a grab. I grabbed his hand, and I gave him a nice
lock here and I said to him “My man, please, relax yourself, calm down.” And that was enough
to disperse it. It was about to kick off, but it didn’t. I’ve also escorted people out
of the club many times where I’ve come along, there’s been lots of security pinning down
one guy, trying to hold him, this guy’s been struggling, and I’ve come along and I’ve just
grabbed him here, got him in a bit of a lock here and said “Alright, everybody let go let
go. Come on mate, let’s go.” And I’ve walked him out the club. Take him out the door, yes,
goodbye mate. Done and dusted. So it hasn’t really had to escalate to me throwing punches
or whatever. And to be honest, sometimes people do silly things, and maybe you wanna inflict
a bit of pain on them for them to make you realise that ok I shouldn’t mess here. So
it makes it easy for me to do that without leaving any visible damage on them. I’ve also
been in the scenario when I was attacked. Kicked out about 20 guys from the club, me
and my other security. They started to rush the door. Now, we’re all kind of fighting
here but one guy came at me, he’s come with a big swing, ok. Boom! This is when I thought
I have to go all out. So the block was here, and I just came here with my elbow, bang!
Took him out; he was done, ok. And then, the other guy he came along, same thing. They
always go for that haymaker. And all I did was I go here…boom! A nice clothesline.
That could be seen as a tenshio-nage, but this time was a block, bang! I just went through.
This was a scenario where I thought ok, I need to do something here. There’s 20 of them;
I need to damage some people. Because what it resulted in me damaging a few people and
everyone just like “Woah” you know what I’m saying. Everybody just backed off once they
saw these people on the floor. They backed off. I’ve also been in the scenario where
one guy threw a punch, and as I blocked, I’ve just gone here, and I was able to take him
down and just hold him there until more security came and then took him out but like I say,
it gave me a choice. The last time I punched somebody in the face, me and a colleague,
big guy, he came at me, I moved here, I punched him here, bang! I had teeth marks in my hand.
My hand was bleeding. I had to go for a tetanus shot. I didn’t want to take any chances. So
that’s why I love aikido. It gives me choice. I don’t necessarily have to – I don’t always
have to punch, I don’t always have to kick, but in a situation where I feel like I’m overwhelmed,
I can go all out and truly damage somebody whether it’s an elbow, or even some punches
and a elbow, and something different here to finish them off, but it gives me choice.
That’s why I love aikido. And for me, it’s the best martial art for what I do. Thank