Didn't mean to get you hot under the collar and you're right. Aikido is not a "combat sport" and since less than 1% claim to be Aikidoka in MMA it would statistically appear to be a fact, and reasonable to assume, That Aikido does not work in a "sport" environment. (What can I say... other than I am a stubborn Irishman. LOL
It's back once again to the point if both the apples and oranges can help each other.
I feel they can.
Again Keith I sincerely apologize for my Verbal Ukemi, and humbly bow out of continued discussions on this matter.
No need for me to (continue) to beat a dead horse.
Absolutely no problem. It is often hard to communicate effectively and clearly across a medium such as the net. Lots of context is loss in the absence of personal communication. I think you and I probably have very similar views of Aikido honestly. It's just that we are approaching it from different perspectives. And no need to bow out of the conversation either! You have contributed greatly and helped inspire and clarify some of my thoughts and how I should communicate on this issue!
Personally, it has been nothing but a net gain for me. And I would agree that the apples and oranges have something to learn from one another. That is the great boon of Aikiweb and why Jun should be commended more often than he is. Aikiweb has helped me grow in many ways as to how I think about martial arts; it is a fantastic resource. A lack of passionate discussion would be a sorry state of affairs.
Also, don't worry about being a stubborn Irishman! My great-grandmother and grand-father came across on the boats. So that we are arguing is even further proof that we are in this together! It's all in the family. Hopefully we get to meet on the mats some day.