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The Future of Aikido • Ft Christopher, Francisco, Nathanael, Rokas

The Future of Aikido • Ft Christopher, Francisco, Nathanael, Rokas

Four people at the top of the questioning of Aikido game sit down to discuss what it would take for Aikido to have a bright future. How should it evolve? Why is it in a crises? Where does Aikido stop being Aikido and much more.

Listen to the audio podcast version here:—The-Future-of-Aikido–Ft-Christopher–Francisco–Nathanael–Rokas-ehka4m

Learn more about each participant:
Christopher Hein •
Francisco de los Cobos •
Nathanael Chawkin •
Rokas Leonavičius •

00:00 Intro
01:30 Is Aikido in a crises?
09:30 Discord between Aikido styles and schools
11:59 If you change Aikido techniques is it still Aikido?
15:05 Understanding the proper context of Aikido
20:16 Training without feedback doesn’t teach you how to fight
25:23 What Aikido offers that others can’t?
42:20 What’s the baseline of Aikido?
56:34 The three things Aikido should focus on
01:09:39 Summary

Welcome to the Martial Arts Journey YouTube channel!

My name is Rokas. I’m a Lithuanian guy who trained Aikido for 14 years, 7 of them running a professional Aikido Dojo until eventually I realized that Aikido does not live up to what it promises.

Lead by this realization I decided to make a daring step to close my Aikido Dojo and move to Portland, Oregon for six months to start training MMA at the famous Straight Blast Gym Headquarters under head coach Matt Thornton.

After six months intensive training I had my first amateur MMA fight after which I moved back to Lithuania. During all of this time I am documenting my experience through my YouTube channel called “Martial Arts Journey”.

Now I am slowly setting up plans to continue training MMA under quality guidance and getting ready for my next MMA fight as I further document and share my journey and discoveries.

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