Re: Why bother keeping Aikido 'pure'?
There's an old adage in the tech world:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo."
The quality (or lack of it) of any demo you see online is primarily a measure of the video production and editing skills of the person posting it. It says very little about the practical martial skills of the person demonstrating -- it's a demo, by definition it's not a real situation -- and absolutely nothing about the particular art as a whole.