Re: I Need Aikido ?'s Answered PLEASE!
It's not a matter of people punching hard or fast. Where I think Aikido works well is when someone is so ticked off with you they throw a punch designed to take your head off. Full commitment and emotional intent.
Where it's less good is in a sparring situation. Someone dancing around throwing uncommited strikes, taking their time, looking for an opening. Not what it's designed to cope with. Having said that, that style of fighting is predicated on two people standing in front of each other fighting by mutual consent. So simply leaving at that point may well be an option.
Or, do BJJ ;-)