Re: Aikido versus Knees and elbows
Have fun exploring the options! I love it when I get to meet a newcomer who is exploring the paradigms of aikido.
While the solutions (principles) are all in aikido, the hard part is getting the new student to look past all the techniques and learn the principles that aikido has to offer.
I personally find that once you enter to the position of the clinch or your head is being held down and knees are flying up, that there are things that are typically not within the repetoire of traditional aikido technique that work much better. That said the principles are there! Have fun exploring!