George S. Ledyard wrote:
A student with a shodan or nidan in karate or tae kwan do knows that their fourth dan Aikido instructor couldn't handle them if they stepped out of the controlled Aikido form of practice.
I'm stunned that a situation like that exists, to be honest. My limited (2 year)experience of Aikido has always had a heavy emphasis on practicality.
Thanks for cutting through the BS there and teaching me something new.