Aikido uses in MMA
I've recently been talking to some friends. Insert obligatory omg not another [Martial art x vs MMA] Yes it is, fudge off.
Any martial art can be tailored to have certain aspects of it incorporated in to MMA. Bearing in mind MMA is different from a street fight.
Of course, some martial arts are generally more offensive combat orientated and as such are more effective in a real life combat situation, be it MMA or a street fight. Immediate examples would be, boxing, muay thai or even wrestling. (90% of street fights end up on the floor, I pulled that figure out of my ass but it's probably fairly accurate to be honest)
Other examples of martial arts, which can have principles and techniques taken from them and put to real use could be: TKD, Karate and all variations, Sumo (Hi Machida) etc.
However the fact is it's generally accepted and even proven to an extent that some martial arts and disciplines are more practical and effective. I'd be quite happy to bet my money on a world class Muay-Thai striker taking down a world class TKD practioneer in a stand up battle; with relative ease.
However in MMA, small joint locks and other manoeuvres are banned, and rightly so. The reasons are painfully obvious to anyone. There's no denying that in a sreet fight, or a fight to the death situation, that throat squeezing (ripping the windpipe), biting, eye gouging and hits to the groin are all effective and tried and tested methods. Of course the person with more skill will usually win even if these tactics are open to both parties involved. Think of Demian Maia using eye gouges to set up transitions. Yeah, not pleasant.
I personally like the idea and some of the techniques in Aikido are definitely applicable to MMA, but I feel the majority wouldn't actually be useful. The one area I'm grey about, is small joint manipulation. There is no denying that Aikido has fearsome joint locks and breaks. Which are banned in MMA, so we've never really seen them tested in a full combat situation.
Sure we've seen them used on the street, to devastating effect. But would a Prime Mike Tyson have any trouble dispatching a foe on the street? Same with Royce Gracie, Fedor or Mirko. The answer is no. Any master of a respected discipline should annihilate amateur competition, and rightly so.
But I have difficulty believing that the worlds-best Aikido Master would stop a takedown from a Brock Lesnar or reverse a knee from Overeem. Sure the idea is there, and science even supports the principle to a lesser extent. Using the enemies strength and movement against him.
This is where me and my friends argue, I personally feel they have been duped by the Myths of Aikido, there is very little evidence of Aikido being used in grappling competitions or in MMA bouts. But it's very easy to watch a few films, or read a few articles, or perhaps watch a few youtube videos, and easily create the misconception that Aikido is the most deadly martial art.
It's easy to find Aikido vs Aikido matches. But that is a bias, it's very easy to deflect techniques you know are coming and are familiar with. It doesn't create a real combat situation. I've watched the throws and counter-techniques, but I'm not impressed. I see a lot of flash movement and the punches they are deflecting and catching aren't exactly of proper boxing technique, nor are they being thrown with vicious intent.
On top of this in pure grappling competitions (so no small joint manipulation), some one please correct me if I'm wrong. But I've never seen, yet a lone heard of an Aikido master dominating any world-class competition. Surely if these reversals and techniques are so effective and applicable to a combat situation, some one would have used them. This evidence indicates to me that perhaps Aikido is not all it's cracked up to be.
Unfortunately I had no argument for the small joint manipulation, there is no denying the immediate impact and damage they would have upon a fighter, but due to all grappling competitions and MMA bouts banning, potentially Aikidos greatest asset it's hard to really see it tested over a period of time.
So guys, I'm posting here to see your thoughts. How effective would Aikido be in MMA and a street fight, bearing in mind the differences between the two?
As you can tell I'm not experienced in Aikido at all, so I'm open to hearing ideas and thoughts.
I probably was being sarcastic in the above post. I think you should flame me for it.