Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Boris Learns About Submission Ground-Fighting

Parked at number #58 on page two of Toplist is one of my favorite Blogs, Uchi Deshi, which can be found HERE.
Uchi Deshi is a diary of the drama, deeds and mis-deeds of a group of traditional Aikido students at a live-in Dojo near a beach in California. Richard and the other senior students attempt to ride herd on both dedicated, sincere students and a handful of slackers while striving for perfection in Aikido. Problems often occur while trying to explain to their very traditional Sensei why they are brewing beer in their rooms, or how a bucket of cold water has become the alarm clock for lazy students who sleep in rather than attend classes.
Here is a short, edited version of what happened to one of the students, Boris:
From Uchi Deshi:
Boris was a deshi for almost 4 years. He moved in as a beginner and got his shodan (black belt) with Ryan. As he advanced in Aikido, however, Boris became increasingly interested in jujitsu, and began taking jujitsu classes while still a deshi. As uchi deshis, we are supposed to concentrate on learning the Aikido of Morihiro Saito Sensei, as taught by Sensei. Because we are focusing on Aikido, we aren’t supposed to study other martial arts while living at the dojo.
Girl Dylan, who was then Sempai (senior) Uchi Deshi, told Boris that Sensei would be angry if she learned that he was studying jujitsu and practicing it at the dojo. Boris replied that he would take his chances, and Boris and Natasha, his erstwhile girlfriend who was also a deshi at the time, continued their study of jujitsu at a nearby Aikido dojo.
Sensei learned of the situation while watching television one day. She saw a commercial for another dojo, which prominently featured Boris and Natasha doing jujitsu. Dylan had accurately predicted Sensei’s reaction. Sensei expressed her feelings on the matter in no uncertain terms. Boris, characteristically, questioned the rule prohibiting the study of other martial arts, but Sensei made it clear that if he wanted to study jujitsu, he would have to leave the dojo.
Boris curtailed his jujitsu studies and stayed at the dojo.
After years of studying Aikido, the Art of Harmony, Boris somehow developed an interest in Ultimate Fighting. He was soon determined to become a cage fighter. Boris eventually left the dojo and moved to Arkansas, where his family lived, and studied Muay Thai in order to round out his combat skills. Boris entered a competition and proudly reported that he was knocked out in the first round.
After a year in Arkansas, Boris drove back to California. Boris’s intitial plan was to stay at the dojo for a month while he looked for a job and an apartment.
On his first night back, Boris got drunk and backed his car into a utility pole. On his 2d night back, Boris got drunk and was banned forever from Justino’s bar. On his 3d night back, Boris got drunk and got in a fight with some local thugs. He came home with a black eye and a fat lip.
Aikido teaches defense against multiple attackers, but Boris preferred to use his new jujitsu skills to take one of his assailants to the ground. When I asked about his fat lip, Boris explained that he could have submitted his attacker, but the remaining thugs beat him up first.

(D.R.)- I've been telling Richard that they could have a hit as a reality T.V. show with material like this.
Boris has demonstrated the problem with relying on ground or submission fighting that I have been rattling on about for some time now. Look, I was a pretty good wrestler in school. Most of my fights then went to the ground, but in today's world there are too many variables. The risk of getting your head kicked in by a third party while you are working on an armbar is a definite possibility. Worse yet, knives could be involved. Boris was lucky. He was just playing with drunks. There are some very, very mean and serious people out there that could have hurt him far worse.
Go on over to Uchi Deshi, and read about the adventures and mis-adventures of a group of dedicated, live-in traditional Aikido students!


John Wood said...

I'm a regular reader of both of your blogs and I completely agree that a reality tv show of uchi deshi's dojo would be quite entertaining and peppered with good lessons and student could learn from.

Hand2Hand said...

I second the motion that it would make a good reality show.

Okay networks, are you listening?

There was a short-lived show on WB called "Black Sash." It was about a former cop turned bounty hunter who also taught teenagers at his sifu's bagua school.

I liked the show more for the sifu/student relationships it depicted than the usual action-adventure fare it devolved into.

Nothing against action/adventure genre, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd love to a martial arts show (reality or fiction) that was about something besides let's beat up some bad guys.

BTW: I assume Boris and Natasha are synonyms. That's funny to me because I had a pair of Rottweilers named Boris and Natasha. They were the best dogs anyone could ask for.

uchi deshi said...

Hi DR! Thanks for the comments! I think your observations are dead right.

I think the dojo would be good fodder for a reality show, but I'm still trying to be somewhat discreet about the publications! Don't want to piss off Sensei!

Boris and Natasha are indeed pseudonyms.