Kevin, there are a LOT of people who are more experienced and talented and better and a whole lot of other things than I am and the reason I posted was simply because I wanted feedback on my current approach to Aikido.
Given that, I don't think of Aikido as a self-defense program, nor something that teaches you how to fight in a very efficient manner.
Which is very different from saying that it doesn't teach you to fight, period. Or that Aikido is ineffective. Just that maybe your
Aikido doesn't work!
I'm just hopeful that as I continue training, my level of understanding will deepen.
As far as why others don't train like you and I and some others espouse, with a greater emphasis on the realities of physical confrontation? I don't know except to say that different people train for different reasons. And different instructors teach differently for their own reasons, and teach different things.