Michael Varin wrote:
I like your multi-tool reference. . . but I think you are misunderstanding my intentions. I don't profess aikido or any other art to be all encompassing. I wasn't knocking MMA techniques or the sport. I wasn't even making a statement about practicality. Nor was I suggesting how anyone should train.
I said I don't believe the techniques of aikido make sense in one-on-one empty-hand situations. I believe they do make sense in supporting the use of weapons, and if you like aikido it might be worth exploring. You may find that a more honest practice can develop if you put these techniques into their environment.
In a world where carrying swords is common, do these remain high percentage techniques? Do they offer a universal (here comes that Gerber again) set of tools?
in a world where guns are common, do martial arts have any viablity?