Ha ha ha, what a great thread. If we are truly talking about Aikido a whole and complete art. well then id like to say to all of those MMA type graplers out there.
TAKE ONE STEP AND YOU WONT HAVE ANY HANDS TO GRAPPLE WITH.
im sorry i know its a bit out of line for a person who practices Aikido but when it comes down to my Katana vs your hands i bet my life i would win.