Kevin Leavitt wrote:
You and me see eye to eye. Go back and look at many of my post...only you said it much better.
I think aikido or any martial art as a means of self defense or fighting is a waste of time for the reasons you state! There are many more effective ways.
To add, you have a higher chance of dying from high cholesterol and diet induced diseases, so you are better off practicing good nutrition and exercise as a form of self defense.
I completely agree. The main reason I do martial arts is for fun, exercise and the mental and physical challenges. However, if I am going to do a martial art for those mentioned things, I would prefer it be one that is more practical for self defense. It is very unlikely that I will ever have to use it in that way but the more benefits I can get out of my training the better.