Just wanted to post a recent Aikido experience I had. A guy was at my Judo club who I have not seen often. He is a shodan and pops in here and there to train. He is quite heavier than me (at least 30 pounds). Anyway, we were doing randori and he kept digging his fist into my neck, for long periods at a time...not just poking my neck, but literally pushing his fist forcefully into my neck. Very unsportsman like. Anyway, I told him to stop at least three times, and in my frustration, pushed him like a you would in a street fight before it starts. I apologized immediately and again, said "please stop digging your hand into my neck, that is not good Judo." He continued, with force, and it was hurting. I took Yoshinkan Aikido over a year ago, for only 3 months, but suddenly found myself pivoting to evade his forward momentum and applying a wrist lock/throw I learned there (Sorry, I don't know the name of the lock). It was the one where you would reach over top of his right fist with you left hand from the outside, then grab the meaty part of the palm near the thumb. Then, while pivoting, turning his hand over and push the knuckles to assist (sorry if that made no sense, it's hard to explain). By the time I finished, he was on his back and I still had control of his wrist. I told him our randori is over because he doesn't follow rules of etiquite...coincidentally, the 4 minute round was over anyway. My experience was effective Aikido, and amazingly I do not practice Aikido...just what I learned in my 3 months of a college class. Good stuff.
PS: I know it will come up. I am in the seniors class (I'm 23) and our sensei was also playing randori, so no, he did not see this happen. The guy and I basically avoid randori with each other now. He is not really a member of my club and only stops in once in a while.
So those who say Aikido doesn't work unless you have decades of experience, it worked for me, and no one got hurt. I wish the Aikido dojo wasn't 50 minutes from my house.
Edited for typos.
[This message has been edited by immrtldragon (edited 06-28-2004).]