David Knowlton wrote:
Dictionary.com "martial art
Any of several Asian arts of combat or self-defense, such as aikido, karate, judo, or tae kwon do, usually practiced as sport. Often used in the plural."
Oh yes, but here we are not discussing "martial arts" but "martial effectiveness". If "martial effectiveness" means "effective in martial arts", then I guess the judoka who has the most olympic gold medals is the most martially effective one.
I suspect most people who talk about martial effectiveness actually mean combat. I belong to the group of people who don't see aikido as something to be used in combat, primarily. From my point of view the art is more about what happens before it comes down to actual combat.