What makes AIKIDO effective for self-defense?

A lot of people think that Aikido is garbage and near useless for real, practical, self-defense.

But, these same people tend to be 1.) people who have not personally studied aikido or practiced it 2.) are people who have a more aggressive mindset to self-defense.

So, I think because these type of people give this common opinion about Aikido t is because they probably misunderstand Aikido or there trying to use if to attack or be aggressive and see how useless it would be to do that or it is has failed them when they used it that way.

The other people think that Aikido is good to great for self-defense. Why do they think so differently?

Is it because they understand Aikido? Do they see something that the others don’t?


My theory about Aikido being EFFECTIVE in self-defense is this: you stay defensive with Aikido it becomes powerful if you become offensive an attack your attacker somewhow with it it loses it’s power a lot. It seems if someone: keeps his mind on self-defense, has an assertive mindeset, keeps defensive until he is attacked, uses the evade-throw-pin strategy, Aikido will be effective.

My theory about Aikido being INEFFECTIVE is this: has his mind on revenge and attack, has an aggressive mindset, attacks his opponet first, uses throws-pins-kicks-punches-headbutts-eye gouges-everything and anything, Aikido will be ineffective.

It seems that if Aikido becomse like every other martial art (where the goal in fighting or self-defense is to injure your opponet enough to make him quit) then it is garbage, it is isn’t designed that way. But, it seems if Aikido can stay Aikido (to protect yourself and protect your attacker as much as possible with evade-throw-pin) then it becomes what it is suppose to be an effectie self-defense system.

Do you agree with these ideas? Is this what makes Aikido either garbage or effective? Is Aikido all garbage? Does Aikido need violent moves to inflict injury to even be realistic for self-defense? Is being defensive in Aikido even realistic?
I am not saying that Aikido wouldn’t be effective if you add aggression to it like breaking an wrist/arm, punches, kicks, headbutts, all the more violent means. It does lose it ‘s specialness though as a non-violent means of self-defense.

My point being if you look to make aikido just another means of violent self-defense what is the point of taking Aikido then? Shouldn’t you just take karate, tae kwon do, boxing, mma, instead? They are violent arts and train well for it. Why not take them instead? Why waste your time on Aikido? Aikido isn’t meant to be violent. Wouldn’t it be inferior to these other arts if you want to get violent with it?
Wouldn’t Aikido be normally overpowered if it turns to more violent means since it is designed for it? If you get violent with it, is it even Aikido anymore as the founder Morihei Ueshiba designed it?

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5 Responses to What makes AIKIDO effective for self-defense?

  1. Paden B says:

    Aikido is NOT realistic. Have you seen the throws and takedowns in it? All the demonstrations are at half speed and on people that aren’t resisting. There is NO sparring in Aikido classes, NO competitions, just 2 students practicing on each other, with 1 not resisting. They say the best way to prepare yourself for a fight or a street confrontation is sparring. Is there any of that in Aikido? The answer is NO.

    Also the throws and locks aren’t practical. A lot of the throws depends on where your opponents arms and legs and positioned. Not everybody is going to swing wildly at you and luckily you catch one of their punches in mid air, then proceed to grabbing his other arm which is surprisingly limp for some random reason. The other arm is gonna be in effect IMMEDIATELY, throws hooks, punches, eye gouging.

    If a guy goes rambo on you, well you’re toast. Unless you’ve been training in Aikido for 30 years, and have super human reflexes and practiced on resisting opponents A LOT, then you’ll MAYBE be able to catch their arms and perform a takedown and joint lock, but all these Aikido “masters” practice on punches flying at 2 kilometers/hour.

    Don’t get me wrong, I thought of starting Aikido, but it takes like 1 year before you get INTRODUCED into the joint locks and throwdowns, and their is no intensity in the sessions. Just takes way too long, and it’s not practical. It’s good for people with nothing else to do.

    Judo/BJJ is way better and more practical.

  2. Steve says:

    When it come to martial arts you will always get mine art is better than yours. I have been practicing off and on for over the last 20 years. I have taken Korean Taewondo, American Taewondo, Hapkido and I am currently studing Ninjutsu. Out of the martial arts that I have taken Ninjustu is by far my favorite. I have always heard why do you take that, you should take this. From what I have seen over the years is the most important, is who is instructing the art. Just because someone has a black belt or a hi ranking doesn’t mean they can teach, they may try. Another important thing is the person taking the art. How serious are you taking the art? Why are you taking the art? All these things goes hand in hand in all martial arts. Do I think Aikido is effective, sure I do. I probably didn’t answer your question, just some words of wisdom.

  3. Benji F says:

    Aikido is effective in self defense. I should not even defend the idea to you because you even though you are creative and thoughtful, you are clueless as to what the meaning of self defense is and Aikido.

    Here is just one example for you:

    You are anywhere you want to be, all of a sudden an altercation breaks out. Some guy grabs you by your throat, your shirt (what do you do?)
    Aikido teaches to grab the attackers backhand, and forarm and counter twist it thus, putting them into a wrist lock-
    That Grasshopper is the effectiveness of Aikido.

    Remember martial arts, Aikido is a self defense art, however the more one studies and learns it…one can serioulsy hurt another with it.

    Your agruements are lame, because with my example one can break the attackers wrist, or hold the wrist lock and either throw elbows, or knees at the attacker thus going from a self defense position into the aggressor.

    It is not limited.

    Aikido is not garbage, it is a very well thoughtout intelligent art form.

  4. loving it doing it says:

    many martial arts has the same problem but korean taekwondo teaches almost the same meanings of aikido !. now as for your question i think it does help as a self defence ,even though i never experienced it.

  5. Shienaran says:

    What makes AIKIDO effective for self-defense?
    To me, what makes it effective is it’s definition of self defense.
    In other arts, the definition of self defense hinges on what they consider as a valid excuse to use aggression against an attacker. Meaning, as long as the other guy attacks first or shows intent to harm you, you have a free pass to go ballistic on his butt and even beat him to the punch. In Aikido, at least the one I learned, there is no excuse to go ballistic on anyone’s butt, if anyone shows intent to harm you, you try to avoid him at all cost and make sure it never comes to a head on conflict. If cornered and charged at, your first reaction is not to hit him, but to avoid or evade and then, only then, attempt to restrain. If the opportunity to restrain is not available, then you throw him and get the hell out of dodge. The goal is to survive, not slug it out or beat him to a pulp. But as most people would point out, this is hard to do since it requires you to have quick reflex, judgement, patience, great physical conditioning and most of all, a very high level of skill. But that’s exactly why it is called Aikido and not Aikijutsu. Because it requires a lifelong commitment of constant study and practice not just of it’s techniques, but also it’s mindset and philosophy, the “Do” in Aikido means a way of life. If you don’t like the idea of practicing what it preaches, then you’re probably better off studying a jutsu or other more aggressive arts.

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