I have competed in both boxing and wrestling and I am now training in brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I have watched many No Holds Barred competitions, like the UFC, and it is clear to me that Aikido and it's techniques and it's way of training do not prepare anyone to actually fight. I know that Aikido practitioners talk a lot about concepts like spirituality, harmony...etc. but I also hear people talk about how it is a pratical means of self defense. Aikido does not have practical striking techniques or any REAL matwork at all. I would like to know how Aikido can be used as self defense if you cannot grapple or strike.
There are two reasons why masters of Aikido stay away from fighting rings like the UFC. First, intentional fighting is completely against Aikido philosophy. Second, if a master Aikidoka did enter the octagon, he or she would be forced to snap wrists, tear ligaments, and otherwise severely incapacitate the other fighter. The UFC and the Aikidoka will not allow this, especially in a sport situation.