Originally Posted by flo
That's very interesting, thanks for the insider look at the techniques, Dawezilla.
My pleaseure. I was actually at class last night and we talked about this video. Most agreed the same as I figured that the balance control techniques such as Irimagi and Tenshinagi would be very surprising to someone not expecting it. Following that, after the fall, there are very quick arm bars and immobilization techniques that are quite effective.
I have to stress that a person to apply those would have to be very accurate and very quick. Not too easy for someone not used to the style to switch to. Judo practitioners seem to adjust well to it, so there is good possibility that people can adjust or adapt the techniques for their own use.
Aikido is based a lot on Sword work so the strikes are circular, the deflections are too. Direct counter attacks in weaponry is not usually advantageous to anyone so it becomes about energy redirection, balance control, and momentum ownership. With the right application, I think some of the techniques during a clinch will be helpful to create a throw - stepping into the inside of a punch or kick is not something most fighters expect so it creates a fraction of a second of opportunity that would have been just lost to covering up before.
A lot of police tactics are based on several arts, one of which is usually Aikido.
Just my thought.