Aikido: Good for everyone?
Yes, I think EVERYONE would benefit from learning Aikido, even if it's only the physical benefits from practicing it for a time- i.e. greater flexiblity, endurance, weight loss, etc. (as with any other Martial Art).
At the risk of sounding elitist, I also believe that the question that must be asked: Is everyone right for Aikido? Or would Aikido benefit from everyone learning it?
Our Sensei says that the spiritual discipline that Aikido demands will naturally weed out anyone with an "inappropriate" or agressive attitude. Personally, I would tend to agree with him; but what concerns me is the possible "commercialization" of Aikido.
With all due respect to its serious practitioners I would hate for Aikido to go the way of Tai Chi- where it's martial aspect is thrown aside in favor of its' aerobic, "suitable for all" people aspects. Tai Chi as a martial art has such a rich tradition, power and grace, that it's a shame that now it's seen as excercise for old folks.
I mean, how do we prevent Aikido form turning into the next Tae-Bo?