Re: Would the Ikkyo pin work in MMA?
All very good points Maggie. I agree.
In my experiences though, competition does play an important part in our lives, like it or not. The key is to keep thing in perspective and not get lost in it.
As a life long Budoka and a career military guy, I have seen what happens when we move away from competition as a "tool". I have also seen the bad that happens when we get too focused on it as well.
Lots of innovation and testing, and refinement goes on in Competitive arts and there importance should not be discounted.
I do agree with your position though. It is not necessarily something that everyone needs or seeks, and a solid practice of aikido without competition suits the needs of many of us out there.
Thanks for your continued posting!