Peter Malecek wrote:
Coming from a background of Judo and Karate (as well as that well known Canadian combative art Jr'A'hockey-do)
Jr'A'hockey-do...isn't that a variation of Kanadaajin Daigakkou ShinNaginata?
Back to topic...
The problem, imho, is that in AiKiDo, to get punched in the face usually is an acident.
In my view, if you never got punched in the face in a fight, you may end up being tooooo cautious in a fight.
I believe aikidoka (at least instructors) should engage in boxing at least,to see the other side of the fence.
But a reasonable person may work out combat with AiKiDo only, as long as he/she uses common sense.