Re: Aikido suffering identity problem?
So far what seems to work well with the few that ask, 'what is aikido,' is to state that aikido is mainly a form of jujutsu with a bit of aiki added.
Legions of individuals know of jujutsu / jujitsu from MMA events or other pop-culture means. Aiki, however, generally requires a waza demonstration if not immediately understood.
As for all of this personal aikido jazz that has be floating around, pure hog wash...