Re: Mixing Aikido with other martial arts
Lots of good stuff here!
Here is why I made the recommendations to Grant that I made:
He asked a very specific question about training for a military situation.
Bottomline, I have seen competent fighters produced from our Army School with little or no martial background in 60 Days at our School house in Fort Benning. It can and is being done.
I studied for 12 years in TMA and had a hard time holding my own for a while against two of them. It is a hard pill to swallow, but it is the truth.
Now, that said...where they competent Martial Artist?
No, while they had a good base, and had substanial skills that would give them an edge over any normal/typical shodan in aikido, that does not mean that they would even remotely do well in a normal school.
It is all about the focus and intent of your training. There is nothing wrong wtih TMA, it is just not the most efficient way to develop the specific fighting skills that you might need in a hand to hand situation in combat.
It really does not take a great deal of skill in order to learn to fight or to grapple for a combat situation.