Re: I Need Aikido ?'s Answered PLEASE!
well I did say there was some debate about it but that was the theory. I'm not sure you should be comparing a punch to the face with a wrist grab - a tsuki or one of the uchi's would seem more appropriate. But stil it's up for debate - my own preference would be to see more realistic attacks. Having said that I know plenty of people that have "used" aikido based on the traditional attacks.
Personally I think the training method *can* impart martial skills over time. I also think the principals could be taught and functionalised much much quicker if we freed ourselves from the conventions of tradtional training. Maybe something I'll play with in my older age....