Re: Grappling In Aikido
This is merely opinion, but to me, if you are training with "martial" intent and haven't added any basic groundwork to your training you're left with a glaring hole in your skill-set. Even light cross-training in judo or jiu-jitsu can make a big difference in your state of mind if you found yourself in a situation where you were forced to the ground.
My father was a pretty decent Judoka in his day and I learned a good deal from him when I was younger. I definitely don't consider myself a judo ace, but I feel comfortable going to the ground. I'm not foolish enough to think I can submit someone from my back, but I feel confident I can avoid any major damage while trying to get back to my feet or transitioning to a dominant position.
Obviously, most of us want to stay on our feet, but if we ended up on the ground wouldn't it be good to know how to get back up?