did u ever see something and said ahh that dont work. be it anything only to find out after having done it that it works. i dont think there isnt anyone in here that hasnt said to themselves at one point in time that this Aikido just isnt gonna work,this technique just wont work, etc. but often after seeing the technique done and trained hard learning that technique you come to the point of understanding that it really does work. and i think that is the point. you cant say Aikido wont work in a fight until you have tried it.
you cant judge the old book by its cover. you just gotta read it. thats my challenge to you