Or: Why martial arts have styles
|The man had style...|
The style exists as a learning model.
Someone once told me there's no kicking in aikido...Overall, the Mr. Lee's idea was right. At some point in your training you should get a nagging feeling that there is more. When I say eventually, I'm talking about after going through the curriculum and have a very good experiential knowledge of the principles, theories, tactics, and techniques of your art. Now you can gain an appreciation of the limitations of the system. In terms of self-defense, you should never limit yourself to anything. The answer to self-defense is "whatever it takes." For example, aikido does have strikes in the system, they are often hidden, and not taught that way, but if you know how, and where, to look they are there. However, I've never seen kicking included in any aikido school. Kicking has its place in martial arts. Every tactic in martial arts is like a tool in your toolbox. A hammer is really great at pounding in nails, but it sucks at screwing in screws. You need a different tool for that. Kicking is kind of like that. It is great is great in long range, not so great in clinching. Some tools can be made to serve other purposes. You could use a wrench to pound in nails, but it really isn't designed for it. Martial tactics again work the same way. The overall idea is, keep as many tools in your toolbox as possible. When you need the right tool, it'll be there. Some styles naturally have a limitation of use of certain tactics (limited tools). Study the limitations, but don't become entrenched in the dogma of the system to where you don't know the other tactics. When you need to use a tactic, use it. Even if it is not "very aikido to kick."
P. S. The opening line of this section has a second part to it. I read this one statement (I have no idea where), that said "Someone once told me there's no kicking in aikido... so I kicked him again." I