Re: Is Aikido effective for police?
It is a shame that the article mentioned the lack of atemi in Aikido. For the most part, that statement is true. I do practice atemi, and I do it in most of my techniques. Atemi is very necessary when it comes to doing Aikido. Also, I think that everyone practicing Aikido, needs to do research on what I call practical application of Aikido techniques. Some of these I have been taught, and some I have figured out on my own. You need to learn how to apply the techniques on the street as oppose to the way you do in the dojo. The variation is only slightly different, but it will make a big difference. You have to try and remember, that when applying Aikido techniques to someone on the street, they are not going to take ukemi or respond the same way someone in the dojo will.