Originally posted by Scott_in_Kansas
But would either of you agree that an aikidoka pinning an opponent with ikkyo in a matter of seconds at the UFC would advance the art?
I think that an astute aikidoka could do just that.
Scott in Kansas
KAMI : An astute aikidoka wouldn't enter in a fight with rules prepared by other fighters...
UFC was created by Rorion Gracie, of Brazilian JiuJitsu and the rules heavily favor grappling arts.
Also, if you want to do painting, you should know the rules of painting and prepare for it; if you want to do carpentry, you should know the rules of carpentry and prepare for it; if you want to write, you should know the rules of writing and prepare for it. If you want to do anything, you should know its rules and prepare for it. If you do want to try UFC, there's nothing wrong with it : go for it but study its rules and prepare well for it.
Why don't you see UFC fighters compete in an Aikido tournament, UNDER AIKIDO RULES? (Yes, there are competitive forms of Aikido!)
They would say that's stupid! They do not prepare for it; do not study its rules; aren't prepared to fight, WITHOUT GROUNDWORK OR GRAPPLING! In the same way, it would be stupid for Aikido practitioners to go to the UFC, like lambs to a slaughter, without a specific training, DIFFERENT from what they usually do.
You should remember also that to participate in a competitive sport, you should train heavily, including boxing, muay thai, BJJ, Grappling and weight lifting (have you noted how big and muscled they all are? Real gorillas most of them!) You will not have time for studying Aikido as an art, just the things that are important for UFC competition. Your life will be short (competition athletes usually have short competitive lifes). Even if death or serious injury is not very common (most of the blood in UFC meetings come from broken skin, mouth and nose and those are not "kyusho"points...
), age will rapidly bring slowest reflexes, less strength, less stamina. This happens with all competitive sports, like boxing, tennis, judo, et al...
Aikido competition, like judo, has eliminated all dangerous techniques, in order to allow its introduction. Aikido, to be really "efficient in the streets"
, should provoke trauma, maim and kill ; the techniques should be changed; you should train more atemi; and, most of all, you should condition your body like an athlete does : hypertraining it! Not exactly what the Founder intended Aikido to be, an harmonious art to unite the World
And finally, remember that Aikido was intended for all and involves many reasons for practicing, not just self-defense or competition. Competition will always be for a few people and, excuse me, I really don't see that participating in a bloody arena is anything else than a show of machismo and definitely wouldn't advance THE ART!
And, by the way, the UFC craze is passing away like every other craze...Perhaps, it's time to get back to our ART, not our "punching and kicking" competitive sport
My 2 cents opinion