I have been practising aikido basically in an "aikikai" form for the past year and a half (now at 4th Kyu- "unofficial"-no affiliation).
My dojo in Munich will sadly be closing soon as we don�t have enough members.
So I have an opportunity now to decide how to go forward with my aikido.
It is important to me that the aikido that I am practicing is reasonably effective. No I have no intention of getting into bar fights but aikido just seems to make less sense to me if it is done in less effective form. I don�t see why we cant get other benefits of aikido, e.g. stress reduction, without sacrificing martiality. Don�t get me wrong I don�t think you have to be smashing your uke on the ground all the time at all but my goal (after enough practice) is to have a realistic defence against realistic attacks.
So I am considering whether to try training at a yoshinkan dojo. What will the differences in training be? big difference or not much? What will be likely advantages/disadvantages of going this route. There are also other dojos including aikikai affiliated ones that I am looking at.
Any tips from the more experienced aikidokas?
Try them all and see which one you like, it's really the only way.