But this comming from martial artists from varying backgrounds? Why? Aikido has been an absolutely amazing first art from my stand point. Not only are the majority of aikido folk, fun loving, fullfilled people, but the art itself is the same. I don't see any disadvantages starting from aikido personally.
Lynn, I thought aikido was about controlling comitted attacks. In my experience it has always been about redirecting a commited attacks, many times uncommited attacks lead to uncommited techniques.
I am sure in some point in my life I will try, or at least train with other martial arts/ists, but I will train aikido first and foremost for the rest of my life, and in my daily existence as human.