Re: My forum pet peeve: "I never got in a fight - the ultimate self-defense!"
I agree with Tokyo Zeplin. I have to wonder if the people making the claims that aikido would not work in a "real" fight have much experience training aikido? Experience fighting? My guess would be probably not. Then add in the "what if this and what if thats" and my third favorite "resistance," in a "real" fight.
Test it out? Sure, and you don't have to be the agressor to do it. You do have to be in control though and realize the actions you take (or the other person/s take/s) to escalate or deescalate the situation, and realize that no martial arts is the be all end all. It isnt the martial arts, but the martial artist, IMO, and that is only after many, many, many years of training.
On a different note, picking apart the definition of aikido, or martial arts as a crux of discussion here seems to me anyways, serve no purpose.