Re: Best karate style for aikido?
Great post. I learned alot reading the thread.
From my experience, the lower the kick the quicker of course; and there are kicks designed to block or interrupt kicks (very low kicks).
From a practical point of view it can't hurt to learn some strikes and the conditioning that goes with them.
As far as high kicks go though....why place yourself in that vulnerable tenuous balance position? Especially the fancy spinning back kicks ...good for demonstations or professional fighters vs each other; but in self defence for the common person... stay grounded.
Manfred von Richtofen was the highest scoring Ace and he abhorred the loop.