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I have heard from people, who have not had any real life fighting experience, argue about pure Aikido vs. Atemi Aikido.
They equate pure dojo training, as real fighting experience. There also seems to be intellectuals who have not fought in the real world, who have convinced many others, that you don't need to train for the real world.
Those with real life experience, are portrayed as not knowing Aikido, as well as not knowing real life fighting.
I have found that the newer generations (X, Y, & Millenniums), do not like to follow old rules, and they tend to modify or create new rules for themselves, after they learn some basics.
Nothing is more disturbing than to have an Aikido class, degenerate into an MMA/UFC class, because of the newer generation's frustration or impatience with their progress. They hold a strong belief that they can learn anything in under 2 hours tops. The thought that some things in life, may take years to master, is alien to them.
I have personally found that not everyone wants to put in an MMA/UFC workout because of the pain factor. Most normal people don't like pain. MMA/UFC practitioners sometimes go overboard with the pain factor and not too many students return after undergoing joint surgeries.
Yet, it is this same group of students, who will try to revert to the very thing that they hated, that also medically retired them from MMA/UFC training. They will to win at almost any cost, providing that it is someone else, is vitally important.
A softer martial art does not appear to be very strong for them.