Stevie B wrote:I actually had more fights end in a less less damaging way by applying Aikido type techniques (Marine Corps Close Combat ) than at that time more than 15 years of Karate training.. BUT, the only way I was able to pull them off with sincerity and compultion was because I trained every night in Karate Do
Herein lies an important principle that until recently was difficult to communicate to a room full of style Nazis. Several years back we had a poster or two of the "That's not Uechi!!!" mindset who just didn't get it. If what someone else was doing didn't fit in with their narrow-minded, preconceived notions of what a particular style was, then they suffered an identity crisis. Never mind that Uechi Ryu is an open-handed, Boxer-Rebellion-era, Chinese style of combat and self-defense practiced in a contemporary tournament mindset Okinawa where tegumi used to rule. To make a long story short... the grappling in your Uechi Ryu has been there all along, as it has been in many traditional Okinawan styles. But with the sports obsession of many contemporary dojos, whole avenues of study have been abandoned and, with many, even forgotten.
One of the wonderful outcomes of the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is the rediscovery of the complete martial artist. The mindset of the Marine warrior isn't to score points. It is to control, maim, or kill - depending on the level of force permitted in whatever situation the Marine faces. That's a little different than tagging someone with a glove in a dojo duel with teacher keeping score.
If the training is correct, the style will reveal itself. Build it and it will come.
As for Stevie's experience... it goes both ways. I've seen "inbred" aikido dojos where the attackers were patsies for their dojo partners. And we've all seen the tournament dojos that are more obsessed with their trophies than they are the martial content of their kata. You cannot understand aikido if you don't know how to hit and be hit. And you cannot understand your karate kata if you don't know how to grapple. Yin needs yang, and vice versa. One cannot exist without the other.
Of COURSE Stevie's Kadena experience helped him with his MCMAP grappling. One needs the other to exist. But the truth of the matter is that yin should never be kept far from yang. They are both part of the same whole.