Can Aikido actually be trained alive?
I tried searching for the answer to this, and the general consensus is that it rarely ever is, but I have yet to see any explanation of how it could be practiced alive. Now, before I continue, please forgive me absolute ignorance of everything grappling related, and even less knowledge of aikido. I'm basing everything on assumptions and hearsay.
From all I've heard about Aikido, the entire purpose is to harmonize with the aggressor and use their "energy" against them. Essentially what I get to be the idea behind BJJ and Judo. The problem I have is the entire idea that there are no "attacks" by definition within the Aikido curriculum beyond the half-assed chops that you see in demonstrations. At least with Judo and BJJ I see people being aggressive with throws, take-downs and reaps.
Ignorami said in another thread that sparring doesn't have a designated aggressor and defender (which I totally agree with), and is meant to be dynamic with both sides taking and losing initiative. How can Aikido's randori be considered sparring in this sense and ever be trained alive, if their version of "sparring" has designated roles?
So back to the original question, can Aikido actually be trained in an alive manner?