Some very interesting comments guys.
However, there is one issue i want to clarify.
Where i train, we train kotai, hard solid training. But, koati is NOT Aikido.
Kotai needs to be learnt to understand the basic principals, mechanics and angles, of techniques to know what does and doesnt work. It is application of these principals in a dynamic situation that make Aikido so effective.
There are a lot of clubs that move before contact is made, or on the point of contact. This may be practical for a realistic situation, but it does not teach a student correct angles, blending or mechanics of making techniques work. To be honest, it cheats the student.
This is what Saitos school tries to do. The drawback, it takes a LONG time to learn, and students today want instant gratification.
We recently had a Tissier 4th Dan come along to train, and he couldnt do a thing on our strongest and heaviest student, while my instructor throws him round like a rag doll
This is the difference in the Aikido being promoted. An artistic form for demonstration which isnt really practical, against a realistic, martial form.
If you cant apply a technique on a 20 stone solid muscle bloke in the dojo, in reality, nothing will work.
That is about right, the true gravy test is whether you can use it in a real scenario, if not, you have been wasting your time, sad ain't it.....
It amazes me how people after seeing the Tissier demo's that are very dynamic, which btw way are all choreographed if you haven't noticed, is not going to look like that in a real dingdong, I thought that would be obvious, come on Lee, I see your point but maybe Shodokan will help a little on the way, it's not the all and be all but it certainly goes a long way to addressing some of your doubts.... Nothing wrong with cross training...... Many do it, including Proff Ueshiba....