Re: Aikido vs....
I was down in Southern Germany this weekend testing for my Blue Belt in BJJ from the Gracie-Barra organization.
Good seminar. Got into a fair amount of Vale Tudo with a couple of pro fighters from Italy. Also had an isareli Krav Maga instructor.
It got interesting when we went into knife defenses. He was showing basic stuff, and I added to it demonstrating how else you could carry it forward with other options. Instructor thought it was silat or kali, I said, "nope" "Aikido".
It was good to see that when faced with the threat of a weapon/"real no rules atemi" that aikido becomes very relevant again.
I really have grown over the past year to find both the weaknesses in my aikido and the strengths. I really llike the grappling and striking I have been learning...it is a good match with aikido.