A while back I came across an interesting amalgam of Aikido and Sambo, called AikiSambo (clever name).
It’s an art developed by Kenji Nakazawa sensei at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan. Kenji Nakazawa sensei is a 5th Dan in Yoshinkan Aikido, and learned Sambo techniques from Victor Koga (who is a master of grappling arts, including Judo, Sambo and Wrestling. Koga sensei is also a technical advisor to AikiSambo).
The techniques include:
- Striking techniques for self-defense (keri and tsuki waza)
- Joint-locking techniques above and below the waist (kansetsu waza)
- Sacrifice throwing techniques (sutemi waza)
- Many types of throws and submission techniques
The system is designed to use very specific principles to use strength effectively. AikiSambo is a self-defense system, where defensive techniques are the primary focus.
The video shows and AikiSambo demonstration in Russia by Podoynikov Andrey sensei (5th Dan, Yoshinkan Aikido).
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