Originally posted by Hagen Seibert
You see, I ´ve met many black belts in Aikido and very few of them I´d trust to be able to defend themselves. The few ones who probably could had studied other martial arts as well.
How can you be a good judge of this when you have no confidence in your own techniques? (And you don't.)
Go to some Aikido seminars!!! (Some of these guys do courses in Germany, and I hope this link is a help. http://gargas.biomedicale.univ-paris...calender.shtml
I do see your point, however. I was at a seminar recently with a guy called Tiki Shewan who pointed out that what we were practicing was not realistic, but a hypothetical "perfect" situation. (I wish I could remember a quote herre..) Of course, he wasn't teaching a technique. He was teaching a principle, and a principle that was extremely useful.
Anyhow, the hell with my opinion. Go to a seminar. Talk to a Shihan about it.