Re: How would aikido fare in an actual fight?
As a MMA/BJJ guy.
If this is your concern, go study MMA/BJJ. Aikido is good and based on sound principle as pracitced by most, however there are better ways to train if you are concerned with actual fighting and becomeing effective in this realm.
Also before starting a new thread like this, you may want to check out the search feature on Aikiweb.
There are many, many threads out there already that address this issue. Check "off the mat" category for many threads.
Also look directly below this thread at similar threads.
Good luck and welcome to aikido and aikiweb.