Aikidoists are generally better at forward and backward rolls than most other martial artists, although they're often much worse at basic martial arts skills such as kicking, punching and blocking.
Aikidoists are also often better at escapes than other martial artists, although many aikidoists don't realize this because they never test their skills against a wrestler.
While martial artists in general tend to transfer some of what they learn in their art to their daily life, it seems that many aikidoists make much more of an effort in this regard.
I consider myself a martial artist first, and an aikidoist, second. As a result, I consider it to be more productive and beneficial to look at and emphasize the similarities between aikido and other martial arts, rather than the differences. This can lead to better harmony between the martial arts.
Last edited by mike lee : 07-15-2003 at 09:52 AM.