Re: Is Aikido misunderstood in the Martial Art world?
Aikido a type of Jiu Jitsu?
I'd say no it is not. Not in the sense of what I consder SU arts. sU arts are trchniques, tactics, and proceedutrs designed for particular situations and conditions.
Aikido while based on the framework of historical Jiu Jitsu is a methodology designed to teach martial principles and aiki. What you do with what you learn in aikido is up to you. I think focusing primaryily on effectiveness means you are possibly allowing the "TTPs". To drive the train and this limits your ability to develop a foundation.
I am a soldier that is highly trained in modern warfare and modern Jiu Jitsu. To me, a study like aikido if trained correctly can be benefical in many ways. However I think the fascination with style or tactics to be a distraction and hindrance to the practice somewhat.
Aikido is methodology not Jiu Jitsu.