I have been doing Martial Arts for a long time. I spent a 10+ yrs studying Karate and Japanese Jujitsu to name a few. I then became fascinated with Aikido and BJJ around the same time in 2005/2006. I have been practicing both for about 6-7 yrs on average. To date I have obtained my Shodan in Aikido and my blue belt in BJJ as mentioned on the website. I do train and teach some guys that are past blue belt in BJJ. And I also have Brown and Black Belt BJJ instructors that provide technical guidance for BJJ component at my school.
My reasons for combining both:
Aikido is a beautiful Martial Art and BJJ is a very practical martial art. I wanted to continue training in both arts and since I also love teaching I decided to teach both Martial Arts together as I think they compliment each other quite well. The philosophy of non-violence in both arts is what drew me in. Also the concepts of Aiki (i.e. flowing blending movements) can be found in both arts in their own unique way, hence my reason for the combination. As for the name "Aiki" "Jiu Jitsu" pronounced part Japanese "Aiki" and part Portuguese ˈʒu ˈʒitsu. Jiu Jitsu (jujutsu/jujitsu) is a Japanese word but when pronounced in Portuguese it has the accent. In the end call it what you want, it is just a nick name for the two arts combined, shorter than saying Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We practice Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am not a master of either nor do I claim to be. I just enjoy training and teaching the two arts. In each Art I am under the guidance of other higher ranked teachers so this is not something I am running by myself or claiming to be a Master of any sorts or inventor of a new Martial Art. Hope that clears up any misunderstanding. I am just a humble Martial Arts Student and Teacher and just love learning and spreading both Arts.
At SAIT where I practice Aikikai Aikido we also look at practical Traditional Aikijujitsu applications. I find that the BJJ helps me fill in gaps from my traditional Aikido/Aikijujitsu practice. I also love the sparring/rolling in BJJ which is not found in traditional Aikido practice. This is another reason for putting the two together to create a fun environment for people that want to benefit from both. All arts are great to learn and everyone will have their preferences. I just happen to be focusing on Aikido and BJJ.