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?