Assume there’s more than one attacker

Tonight we focused on ryokatadori in a sanningake (three attackers) situation. While it’s intimidating, because more than one person is attacking you within a one minute window, it’s definitely insightful.

My issue with aikido is that I’m very analytical. If things don’t go my way in the first instance, I stop halfway and analyse.

“I didn’t move my feet right.”
“I grabbed instead of blended.”
“Relax more.”

So when we’re being attacked nonstop, I have to stop thinking. Mistakes happen. They happen a lot. But that’s a part of the learning process. And, I suppose, it’s a part of the reality. What attacker will let you stop and analyse. “Hang on, you were meant to land face first there, let me try again.”

Assume there’s always more than one attacker. There’s a pin we do that’s purely martial. It’s called the sankyo pin (see image below). Sensei reminds us of this each time we practise it. We practise it because it’s a part of a lot of the junior level gradings. In reality, you shouldn’t stop to put the sankyo pin on. Get the attacker to the ground and face the next person; there’s always more than one attacker, and if you focused on that pin, he’d knock you over the head.