I wouldn’t say it is total horse manuer. However, one should be aware of a few factors ahead of time before relying solely on pain compliance when defending yourself.
The first is the adrenaline pumping through the body. If flight has not taken place, and fight has, adrenaline can be a great pain killer.
Adrenaline can also be a driving force in a fight. This can also take one way past pain in a fight.
Another factor that comes to mind is the will to survive. People can, and have fought with broken noses, arms, legs, skulls, ribs and well just about anything else that can break, split, or rupture.
Something else to consider is that everybody is different. Pain receptors and nerves are different in people. What could be deemed effective on one individual may completely backfire when tried on another individual due to the sheer fact that people have different body structures in addition to different tolerance levels for pain.
Finally you have to consider drugs and alchohol. If the attacker or person you are defending yourself against is drunk or on drugs, their body may not process pain at all.
The human body and its instinct and will to survive is an amazing thing. Inflicting pain on another person and “waiting” to see if they comply or not should not be your only option.
I didn’t get to train with Henry (he did not like to be called sensei) as long as some of his other students. Like his other students, though, his insight and teaching of aikido left a lasting and profound impact on those he taught, myself included.
It forever changed the way I approach both my aikido and martial arts training.
Somewhere I have some video of Henry. Not doing aikido on the mats, but a rare capture of some time on a short break off the mats. When I find it. i will share it here. For now, enjoy this wonderful article:
Aikido comes from a long history of many different styles of jujutsu. Although not always in line with the accepted underlying philosophies of aikido, it is important to understand where aikido comes from. As such, every now and then my own exposure to traditional jujutsu does get mixed in with my aikido classes.
This is some tanto waza, or knife technique. Not defending against a knife, but defending against a potentially life ending kick from the attacker.
Here we are not concerned with justifying the use of deadly force or how much force is acceptable under current law. In this case, these techniques were designed to dispose of an enemy on the battlefield as quickly as possible, and we practice them through completion of the kata.
Nice example of using a hanka waza to sutemi waza when a koshinage does not quite pan out. My uke here has about 75 pounds on me, and in aikido application, there should not be a struggle to make a technique work.
Came across this old photo the other day. That’s me in the middle.
To my right, Shihan Sosa, and to my left Shihan Park.
I hit mine all the time to show where and how they are open.
It isn’t a death blow, if it is to the face, it is a tap on the forehead. I have also used a fist making connection to the jaw line, again not a strike per say, but I simply place my fist along their jaw and keep it their a couple of seconds. I may also use it to push through, turning their head a bit.
For the body it is a little different. I usually will target the ribs or the chest, and use just enough force for them to squirm if it is to the ribs, and a decent little thump if it is to the chest. To the chest, I am not looking for any kind of force or power, but more wanting the nice thud sound effect.
At the same time I show them how to correct their position to reduce the chances of being hit again. It may take a few times, but eventually they get it.
I also encourage them to strike me from time to time exposing my own openings to them (or what would be the openings of a potential attacker).
This does not always fare so well for me, because they have not yet learned to control their power, but so be it.