I am posting this here because folks who post here are the ultimate aikido sceptics. I read about a course called the Senshusei Course on a post on this forum which I am no longer able to find. Anyways, the post was written by a judoka who strongly dislikes aikido and it strongly endorsed the course as practical and effective.
The course was originally used to train riot police and sounds good but I want to know if anybody out there has actually participated in the course. Is it really combat oriented and combat effective?
I personally, have not done the Senhusei course, although I have read Angry White Pyjamas.
A swift search yielded a few interesting threads, although I'll let you chase them up.
I realise this isn't strictly what you asked for, but hopefully you may find these informative :-
Originally Posted by datdamnmachine
Originally Posted by DdlR
My aikido teacher went through it. He said that by the end of it the bottoms of his feet were one big blister apiece... And that's after all the sweat and blood. According to him it is murderously difficult not only for the regular reasons but occasionally the instructors will take you out drinking (you're not allowed to say no) so you'll have to train hungover on almost no sleep.
Most of the people there don't make it because it's equivalent to army training basically.
It's geared to take someone from a raw recruit to shodan over the course's duration.
And as for combat effectiveness it gets you good fast and gets you the mentality to survive.
Even those experienced in aikido do it at their own peril. My teacher was 3rd Dan when he did it and it didn't make it any less grueling.