Boxing may be a sport but a boxer is a trained fighter specializing in a certain skill set and perfectly capable of stepping outside the ring. The question, if Aikido is to maintain any claim to being a martial way, is perfectly valid and to give Bernie his due he is not just talking about it but exploring it.
Can a person trained in the techniques of Aikido hold their own against a person trained in the techniques of a boxer. Good answers so far I have nothing to add.
There are boxers out there, even today, that consider boxing a way of life. Not a game by any means.
A dojo is not a determined environment?
Originally posted by shihonage
There's no such thing as a "Aikidoka" vs. "Boxer".
There are two people. One of them becomes hostile. The other does what they have to do.
Aikido is not a sport. It's not been made to survive in athletic competitions, where there are rounds, stances, rules, determined environment, and excessive endurance is required.
Aikido is not a game.