Aikido or Tae Kwon Do? Which would you choose to learn and why?


So, once and for all, what is the best martial art?

A lot of good answers above.

It is important for you to determine your main motivation and goal for wanting to learn a martial art. If it is self defense, esp. for the street, TKD would be better than aikido, but there are more practical arts out there for that (which have been mentioned above). Aikido is a very different style than most arts... no offensive moves (in what I consider the pure forms, there are harder styles), and focuses on relaxation, not tension/ resistance. It has a greater philosophical component, and it takes a long time to learn to react appropriately, since those reactions tend to be contrary to natural instinct. Someone grabs your wrist, the impulse is to tense up and resist the pull, not relax. An instructor said that it would take about 10 years for a student to get to the point to be truly effective in a self defense situation.

I've taken different styles from here and there... ju-jitsu, karate... but hadn't really found one that fit my personality. The goal for me evolved from being practical self defense to wanting to learn a martial art "for the art". I'm a very non-aggressive person. I'm 5'1", and am not going to want to, nor be very effective, in wading in, doing a lot of damage, and get back out, as a lot of hard styles advocate. It just wasn't me.

I found my way to aikido, and that was just the art for me. It is a very philosophical art, which I love. Having no offensive moves fits in well with my personal style, and the art lends itself to people with low centers of balance, so being short is actually a plus. It's a good fit all around for me.

So it really helps to examine your reasons for learning, and giving different styles out there a try and see what you like and don't like. Good advice from above also in regards to places to study. Be wary of the McDojo's... sit in on classes and get a feel for if the instructor is a good teacher, and does the teaching style fit what you want. If they have large class sizes, how much personal attention do they give to the students... all good things to consider.

How do I achieve KO power?

They are two completely different styles. Aikido uses about 90-95% hand strikes.(includes locks,throws,traps,etc...) and TKD is about 80% kicking. I studied TKD because that's all there was in my area. However, if you want to become a good all around martial artist I would learn as many different styles as you can. For example, study boxing for punching. Study TKD for the kicking. Jujitsu for ground fighting, and Aikido,Kung Fu, or Muy Tai for in close combat.

Are wrestling and boxing martial arts?

You really don't have to choose because you can learn both if you like.

But I would prefer Aikido. Watching UFC gives me the impression that in a real life fight, its probably grappling and not kicking that would be most useful. In which case, may I also suggest jujitsu?

Martial Hobbyists?

that depends totally why you want to study marital arts. aikido is more philosophical, and takes long years of study to become effective. tae kwon do is much more user friendly, but take much more physicality. two things...both these arts have been saturated with commercial mcdojos, wich essentially just sell you belts for months of memberships. so stay away from the franchise chain places. second, if you want something effective, take a moment to look around. neither the military nor the professional cage fighters use either of these. in the cage fighting seen, many traditional martial arts were tossed very early on - notably both tae kwon do and aikido. now its arguable that the men using them had simply not been prepared for the realities of a fight - which i find unacceptable of any one who claims to be a black belt in any thing. if you want something effective on the street, look to western boxing and wrestling, brazilian jiujitsu and muai thai. theres still a place for the traditional arts mind you, they just arent real applicable to the real world. if, however i was going to, id learn first tae kwon do, purely for the kinesthetic knowledge you will gain, and then aikido. neither are going to vanish, so take both.

Kimbo slice vs ray mercer? who wins or do you even care?

Aikido uses a great deal of moves that redirect the energy of your opponent. It is more indirect than Tae Kwon Do which is very direct and More about attack and is more physically demanding. Watch both classes and decide which way you want to respond to an attack and decide if your ready for the Tae Kwon Do heavy workouts. Most teachers will let you monitor a class. But I wouldn't take two styles, their too different and it would get confusing.

UFC 63 matt vs ..?

neither, but then thats my opinion.

You need to train in something that strengthens you emotionally too, if street defense is your goal. Aikido is soft, and graceful but the street isnt that nice, and if you dont train under the effects of adrenaline you will get into trouble.TKD just doesnt go further than the basics, try something like Muay Thai that uses knees and elbows, and has a more realistic feel to it when you spar. but then thats just my opinion.

Drunken boxing in real battle?

I have practiced both and if have to choose one right now, it would be aikido.

TKD it's great to improve physical condition and speed, specially if you practice the olympic style, which is the popular one, but aikido gives you the peace and relaxation of oriental martial arts, and at the same time is more useful at a street fight (just a personal opinion).

TKD can knockout opponents, but you need distance to develop your kicks. Aikido is a much more closer combat. If somebody attacks you, they won't give you any space. They'll be close to you.

Martial Arts styles that look flashy, are they really effective?

try them both, and see what style YOU like.

No matter how strong a kid is can you bring them down?

Depends on what you what to achieve. Aikido is a great art and way of life, very effective against multiple opponents, great self-defense. TKD is more active, flashy while it is a great martial art, I tend to be more practical, so I like Aikido. I like most of my kicks to come groin and lower for balance and recovery time. TKD is fun to watch and study though.

Everytime i do a back hand spring i end up landing on my head! Help Me!?

Aikido is a much more effective self defense style. Of course, I'm assuming you're interested in learning a martial art for that reason, which may be completely wrong.

What are the best groin strike techniques?

As a student of Brazilian Jujitsu and Judo you will really have to define your goals. Are you taking a martial art for self defence or for exercise etc. If it is for self defence you should take an art that allows sparring against a resisting opponent; this is the only way you can condition your body to act and react. In my opinion TKD is better for self defence than akido. However to be a well rounded martial artist you have to be versed in all phases of combact from striking distance, clinch and grappling.

First day of karate class?

it depends on your preferences...

if you favor long-range combat choose-
taekwondo...since it focuses more on kicks. I am currently studying taekwondo and as the time goes by you could definitely hasten your kick. In my Do Jang they teach us self defence moves that sometimes doesnt use kicks and use aikido like principles such as the arm lock/drag.

if you favor close combat...
aikido is for you...aikido doesnt focus on striking but rather throwing/grappling/breaking the bones (yup,in higher belts) of your opponent. It also teaches inner peace.

hope this helps...

How to be a fighter?

I have studied Aikido for years and find it effective. Aikido teaches something completely different than most martial arts. It has roots from ancient Japan, battle tested. Roots came from martial arts moves when a samurai would become weaponless and need to protect themselves or wanted to take a prisoner without killing them.

As for the person above who thinks Aikido teaches no offensive moves. Anyone can hit or kick, Aikido allows you to take control of the situation and use it as you may. But to kick someone or punch someone when you have the upperhand is not what Aikido is about. It is way to teach others that " I now have the upper hand of this situation but I will show you there is no need to hurt you and hurting you would be meaningless."

So investigate what happens to be a martial art which suits your personality. I chose Aikido because it deals with a martial art but also a philosphy. I did not choose Tae Kwon Do because I think kicking is useless on the street.

How long do you have to train before you can be taught mantis kung fu!?

It perplexes me to know why you ask this question grasshopper...
It may be because you seek the wisdom of learning one of these martial fighting styles your self?
It may be that you seek to taunt unlearned wanderers that know no better that to look on the internet to see which one of these arts is of most interest to them. Being that both of these fighting styles have strong cultural ties it is no wonder that hundreds of thousands of people study these arts every day...



Opinions on jeet kun do?

I practice aikido as well tkd. Both are good martial art style. But as girl, I would rely on aikido in real fight, especially if my opponent are bigger and stronger than I. Tkd use strength, stamina and physicall. A tall and strong person will kick farther and stronger than a young little girl. In other hand aikido use more circular movement to defeat stronger and bigger opponents.

Where does the "9 outta 10 fights go to the ground" stat come from?

The both are very good but you must learn in first Kung-Fu and the Judo, after you knowing the Aikido and for the Teakwondo, you must to learn Treachery Fighting from founder Blancia Family. For Blancia Family learn Kung-Fu its learn Teakwondo coz inside the Kung-Fu there is Teakwondo as training.

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