Here on Bullshido, we believe in "Alive" or resistant training as well as drilling techniques. We are not in favor of any martial art that features no alive training on a regular basis. Furthermore, we especially don't like MA's that lack aliveness and are full of pretentious, know-it-all students who act smugly superior when discussing their art.
Most of all though, it's the lack of non-compliant sparring. We do not think you will be adequately prepared for the chaos of a real fight, unless you have quite a bit of experience with the chaos of unscripted sparring.
Personaly I think akido is a fabulous MA. The problem is the way it is tought and the amount of smoke one needs to blow up your ass to convivce you that it would work.
The smoke can't hurt you no more.
Now to inject some relevance into the post, back when I was still training Karate, I had a chance to take a few Aikido classes. They were being offered right after the Karate class, so I figured why not.
While the warmups and the conditioning drills were brutal, the actual partner techniques were questionable at best. There was a point where the instructor performed a grab. The technique to lessen the impact of the grab, was to hop backwards on one foot, via what could only be described as a Kabuki dance.
Needless to say, I didnt show up to more than 2 classes before deciding it wasn't the best choice for me.
One more thing. The instructor would always yell at the students during training for "spitting qi." At one point, he gave a lecture on projecting "qi balls." What shames me greatly, is that this guy was Russian.
because for some reason my boss thinks it works. And so when some roided up speed monster is trying to punch my head off. I am expected to shoot for goosenecks.
And why do I need to somehow catch this arm in the midst of flying punches and elbows?
Because one punch can kill and we can't have me throwing nasty now super lethal stuff at the poor roid guy.
So I can't punch because I dont have to. I dont even have to headlock people. Akido is so super awsome you see it will work on anybody.
So I hate Akido. Sell that **** to someone who does not have to use it.
I think this thread is about ..0001% away from being YMAS'd.
To the original poster:
Read this: http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=109535
Speaking as someone who practices AIkido, and loves it...
There are all manner of problems with Aikido, but there are all manner of problems with many martial arts that don't get nearly so much **** over it.
The reason it gets such a bad rap is simple. It is the same reason Chun and RBSD get a bad rap.
It's practioner's attitudes.
OP (Original Poster), What is your goal in practicing Aikido?
If your goal is to become someone that can "handle himself in a street fight" than...BAD, even going to a gym and pumping iron in a strong man fashion, i.e Dead lifets, squats and drills that strengthen the entire body is way better use of your time. Aikido will take years and years for it to become significant in a self defense scenario, and even that is not granted.
I guess you need to tell us what your goals in training are.
Aikido can be a great activity for some people. Maybe you are one of them.
Aikido - Single point of contact throws based off of unrealistic attacks practised in a compliant manner.
Judo - Multiple point of contact throws based off of realistic attacks practised with full resistance.
Other arts that are trained with resistance include Boxing, Wrestling, San Da, Muay Thai, MMA, BJJ, Sambo, Kyokushin, Rugby
Warning, in the interest of brevity some gross generalizing was inevitible.
If you like Aikido, go ahead and do it. Just don't expect it to help you too much in a fight.