Uh, why two guys here seem to think I was addressing Graham? He has been always very kind, I always loved his posts, and he always sounded experienced and sensible to me, besides I have no idea how he trains - neither I am aware whether in those video there is Graham, but I don't think so.
Whatever, anyway for a video like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsIyj...eature=related
anybody can decide, without me in the way.
Of course, if one finds that type of training benefical or effective or usable for self defense, or that type of ukes realistic, or even as a "spiritual" path worth pursuing - well, we're in a field that is so self-evident that any option for debate instantly vanishes. Once that type of training is regarded allright - discussion over
If that type of training is sustainable, and benefical to the credibility of Aikido - if those black belts are worth being imitated, we are hitting squarely the ball about why many persons are puzzled by aikido's martiality.
Nothing to add
It's no longer a matter of me, you, boxing, aikido, thai chi, karate or whatever. It's a predilection that places itself beyond reproach.
To think you didn't know that was me had me in stitches. It's all good. I'm not offended by your views.
I did however discover some charachters who were trying to put your view into practice.
'Like a finger pointing to the moon------ you know how it goes. In other words if you are looking for something then look in the right direction. The videos I'm going to assume you might like are quite raw and real and may suit you.
However, unless you take time to slowly understand the principles of Aikido ie: the circle, ma-ai, entering, drawing, motion, etc. you will have to that degree a tough time in practice.
The videos can be found on youtube and are under the name of Aiki-Boxing by someone who goes by the name of skinnymonkey.
I'm sure you can find someone willing to put on some gloves and allow you to practice and learn by trial and error.
In good faith.G.