My questions above were more aimed at whether Ron is willing to change his thoughts about aikido's training methods or if he's on a one-track mission to "prove" aikido's training methods wrong
There is nothing I would love more than to be proved wrong. The more I know the better, I think. However, I am not learning how to do aikido by attending an aikido class and practicing in a set, rigid, repetitive way. I have tried to make the stuff work against resisting opponents, and I can't get it to.
I haven't been doing aikido very long, but surely I should be able to do something.
Another thing that makes me doubt (as I have mentioned ad nauseum) is the attitude of the higher grades. They do not seem willing or able to demonstrate techniques against what I would call realistic attacks. If the best aikido people I have seen don't look like they can fight too well, then I will inevitably doubt the aikido training method they employ. (note I do not doubt that the techniques could