In silat, I have discovered a different paradigm for ground work, which I greatly prefer over western ground, due to it's practicality. We do not limit our manueverability or ability to deal with multiple attackers, which is the bane of arts such as BJJ. We instead focus on dealing with the threat as quickly and effectively as possible while being able to avoid getting our heads stomped in the ground. Which hurts.
If you can find it in the aikido discussion forums on kazeutabudokai, somebody did link a gif of someone actually using a rough move from aikido in an MMA fight. It's pretty cool if I remember.
Sorry for going batshit, I feel odd today. What to say?
I actually would like to enter MMA, because alot of those fools think aikidÅ is bullshit.
And I would actually like it. Just wouldn't let the other guy hit me, see how the spectators would like that.
Why I am getting so upset is MMA is the polar opposite of aikidÅ. It's brutal, innefficient, revelling in destruction. AikidÅ is learned often (and used by law enforcement) because it requires no destruction of the attacker in defending yourself. I have read MMA people see it as ineffective due to this, and because they did not take the time to understand it.
In aikidÅ, the most direct thing for using an enemies force against them is drawing a strike out along it's vector, while adding force. While being offline, of course. We actually seem to rely heavily on the rise and fall of the body, natural reflexes like the head going back if it appears to be in danger, and the balance and feet posistions of our target.
AikidÅ may look like bs, but it is a good way of learning. Just takes awhile.
On the forums you can ask questions and stuff, very friendly, Nick Lowry is the head and a sweet guy, Kyle Sloan is the head for judÅ and same. You can even see some of the dipshit stuff I posted "Joe Trainor".
To me the biggest defence and offence you can have is getting off the line of attack.
It's actually very easy, just don't be on there and then you have control over one side of their body and can feel any actions coming from them.
Look up KazeUtaBudoKai.com, click on the link for videos. It is the home of my aikidÅ school, though they also do jÅdÅ and judÅ. To me they are the mecca for aikido, all things based on practicality, without being stuck in tradition but very nice and respectful. The first things we learn are the eight releases, for parries, posistioning, wrist grabs, and getting used to the body. At the same time we learn "The Walk" which is the only solo forms we have, all moves are contained within. Then we learn the 17.... etc.
I'm going to link a vid that is really not representative of cimande as I know it, and for some odd reason they are doing it while sitting, but it'll help you imagine the sidestep/forearm crush I told you about: http://youtu.be/6OZ6wS-bpqI
Except we did it while standing, and the parry was a strike while we moved to their outside and there was only a slight delay between the first and second strike, so alot smoother. And cooler.
I'm going to dig deeper for more vidyas, sometime.
Sparring with friends I learned to apply a key concept, "Defanging the snake", by slapping their wrists and arms before they hit me. I can do ridiculous pain by that, as it turns out.
I like one of the basic Cimande things where you sidestep the strike and basically wreck their forearm by slamming down both of your forearm bones on theirs.
A funny thing is that these different styles of Pencak Silat and AikidÅ have alot in common, principles and otherwise. Chikalong and AikidÅ both are outside arts, all the styles apply defanging the snake and have a focus on dealing with multiple attackers, and their bases is in the footwork. AikidÅ is disregarded as effective by many because they never took the damn thing and didn't realize the valueable principles that are learned, and silat is seen as strange and mysterious cause there ain't no crackers in it.
Cool, unfortunatly I usually don't feel well enough to attend silat. I'll never get a chance like this, only like 10people worldwide outside of indonesia have learned Mande Muda to the point they are considered teachers themselves.