May 4, 2018
I really enjoyed this conversation with Rokas Leonavicius, the
European Aikido instructor who became famous on Youtube trying to
make his aikido functional against resisting opponents. Find
out about his journey into Aikido, BJJ, Aikido and Boxing in this
02:05 - Rokas's background in Aikido
04:21 - Wrestling in Eastern Europe
05:43 - What attracted him to Aikido?
14:20 - How long should you train before Aikido is
20:20 - Testing Aikido on Youtube
23:55 - The Aikido vs MMA video
26:23 - Functionalizing Aikido
38:18 - How did Aikido take off?
40:59 - Real life consequences of the Aikido vs MMA
48:43 - Elements of Aikido that carry over into other
61:53 - Where can we find Rokas?