Re: Poll: Is comparing aikido with other martial arts worthwhile to you?
I said it was worthwhile to me. I gain an insight into some of the relative qualities like approach and mind-set...I also get to practice critical thinking and communication skills, both integral to any serious martial artist or socialy-minded individual.
I think it's generally pointless to make better-than & worse-than comparisons. In my opinion, the major methods of training, when looked at on the whole, are essentially equal. The better/worse qualities exist primarily on the individual level of training; not the vast compass of most styles...particularly when different styles often have differing goals to begin with.