Originally posted by Scott_in_Kansas
Is aikido a martial art or is it a form of dancing?
So far it appears to be a dance with no combat application. I have heard no one defend the art as a MARTIAL ART.
If I want to be able to defend myself should I study Karate and Ju Jitsu and forget about aikido?
Scott in Kansas
Aikido does have some good self defence techniques. I know many relative beginners who have used techniques successfully to defend themselves or others. Self defence is about applying the right technique at the right time. If you are serious about learning self defence then don't limit yourself to one style or method of fighting.
I found that karate and jujitsu has many techniques that can be incorporated into aikido. Maybe you should look for a teacher that teaches more a more practical form of aikido.