It seems like some folks have decided that since I find joy in seeing someone do freestyle knowing that every single technique they are doing may not be effective if they did not have an aikido uke, that some how we don't teach real Aikido.
So here is my question....is every single technique that every single student does in your dojo guaranteed to be martially effective every time they throw?
Its definitely hard to answer especially in the advent of mixed martial arts. martial artists before strikes with real intent increasing the chances of an Aiki practitioner to apply his art. however a lot of the new breed of martial artists these days use strikes as a set-up...
We probably need to adjust our training to the realities of today if we really want to be effective...free style or not...