Aikido no good for self defense??
I've been cruising some martial arts forums over at bullshido.com, and In most of the threads on Aikido there I've seen people call it a "weak" art. Basically, they imply that Aikido is impractical for self defense. Even the co-founder of bullshido.com said that Aikido is ****. The people on the bullshido forums seem to be into Muay Thai and BJJ.
Anyways, I plan on joining my local dojo, not for self defense but because the classes look like a lot of fun.
However, I would like to know if there is any truth to what these guys are saying. I'm talking about the higher levels of Aikido, I know it takes years to master the techniques. But once you do master them is Aikido still impractical for self defense?