Is there a bias towards practical arts (fighting arts and combat sports) here on Bullshido? Yes. But as a couple of posters have already pointed out, what really brings out the hate is when someone with a ridiculously high rank in a Cultural Dance starts insisting they can kill you with a mere touch from their pinkie -- if it's done at 10:37 am on a Tuesday under a Full Moon. Self awareness about the benefits of your activity is the key.
There is nothing wrong with fun. There is nothing wrong with exercise. There is nothing wrong with hanging out with people you enjoy. There is also nothing wrong with doing more than one martial art -- now, or in the future. No one is going to tell you to pick one martial art now and stick with it forever. You might, but it's not mandatory. No one is going to keep you from picking up an additional art in the future. (And if they try to prohibit you, that's a clue the person -- probably an instructor -- is toxic and you should move on.)
If Aikido makes you happy: go ahead and do it. Learn all you can, and it will prove useful later. No, you may not be able to wrist throw a pro-MMA fighter; but you will learn about moving your body. You will learn how to watch a teacher move in order to perform a technique. You will learn how your movement affects the partner. You'll learn how to not be "that guy" in a training situation. And all of this will make it easier to learn another martial art.
Funny you mention that... Antony Cummins, "famous ninja historian", has produced a book called "The Illustrated Guide to Viking Martial Arts." Here's a video review from people who have trained with the material --Quote:
Originally posted by Doofaloofa:
Does Sweden have any traditional martial arts. Traditionally Swedish I mean
Just out of intrest
Of course, since it seems to be based on the Sagas, it's probably more of a, Icelandic martial art than Swedish.
Oh, and it's Antony Cummins... So maybe it's better if you simply avoid it all together.
If this is something that interests you, Doof, I'd look into the Hurstwic approach to Viking martial art reconstruction.
Or maybe not. A group like this shows the breadth of martial arts practice. They're interested in the history of a particular branch of Western Martial Arts. They are still interested in a form of practicality, but not the kind of practicality that translates to a modern ring, street, or battlefield. It's just one more aspect of martial arts. And I don't think any of them are going to jump on Bullshido to defend or validate their interest in this niche; they simply enjoy it.