Re: Aikido does not work at all in a fight.
The one, rather obvious, fact that the person who started this thread failed to mention is that in MMA sporting events such as the UFC and WEC is that a certain feature of the scoring rules automatically introduces a component into the matches that reduces significantly the effectiveness of Aikido, which is why no world class Aikidoka has participated, if only to strike a blow to the calumny that Aikido is worthless for self-defense: the contestants need to show aggression and try to dominate the space in order to get points. Since Aikido revolves around waiting for the opponent to launch an attack, he necessarily sacrifices the initiative to the attacker. On the street, using a lot of evasive tactics can be vital for survival, but in MMA competition, you'll constantly be behind on points. An Aikidoka in an MMA competition would need to constantly shift away from Aikido as he attempted to goad his attacker into doing something that would leave the attacker vulnerable. The problem here is that this shifting back and forth between Aikido and an aggressive approach would be a schizophrenic type of gameplan, negating the Aikido. There would, therefore, be a new style, no longer Aikido. Thus, MMA competitions as a testing ground for Aikido may not be possible, if the scoring rules stay fundamentally the same.
As far as the effectiveness of Aikido on the street is concerned, there is much to be said for it. First of all, the sparring involving multiple ukes is more likely going to prepare someone for multiple assailants than most other martial arts. Bruce Lee once said that the task of the martial artist, when confronted by multiple assailants, is to keep moving and, above all, not to get pinned. I have only seen one martial art that has training that focuses on just that. That art is Aikido. Whether Hapkido, a distant cousin of Aikido, has such a focus is unknown to me.
Finally, I would like to mention how Aikido embodies a principle of Krav Maga, the martial art of the Israeli Defense Force. According to Krav Maga, it is ideal, when counterattacking or attacking an enemy, to get to the opponent's "dead zone", in other words, getting behind him or at least to his side. The tenkan movement, whereby the Aikidoka winds up at the attacker's dead zone is undoubtedly highly effective. Imagine a knife fight where one of the fighters is an Aikidoka with a knife. In addition, most street fighters would be taken by surprise by such a maneuver. The typical street thug thinks in terms of linear movements, charging in like a bull. It should be mentioned that this concept of the dead zone is also embodied in the purely striking arts. That is, you want to find an angle of attack where your opponent's hips are not facing in your direction. Just think of how the bob and weave is used in boxing. Even in military science the same principle holds true. You don't want to meet force head on. It is always best to outflank the enemy.
Last edited by Paul Jagdman : 05-07-2009 at 04:48 PM.