I can see aikido as a form of yoga in perhaps similar goals. Of course, there are different kinds of yoga some more esoteric than others. The commonest, hatha yoga, is I was told in my several years of yoga, a method to prepare the body for the more esoteric methods.
Aikido is budo, so it's not primarily concerned with fighting of any sort, other than the struggle for self perfection.
Amazing how DRJJ was/is progressive in it's training. Simple basics/fundamentals that are also effective followed by higher level principles that can the be applied to the effective fundamentals to make them even more effective.
Who'd have thought?
My primary Judo isntructor studied aikido as well. He discovered some interesting stuff to apply to our Judo training. Primarily to do with angles and posture, amazingly enough, but also movement. His brother was studying akikai aikido seriously at the time (he was also a judo brown belt). The guy was very centered and had excellent posture and movement. But in Judo randori he was relatively easy to throw when he was trying to only use Judo. You could see him concentrating so hard on being centered (which he was...you could feel it), but in the end because of the contact with grips, he was vulnerable nonetheless.
My experience is that, as apparently the judoka who Kano "sent" to study aikido, judoka of sufficient skill and experience can see the connections pretty easily and adopt/adapt them to their Judo, or Judo to aikido.
Steven Seagal to Ikido is what Bruce Lee to Kung Fu.
And...Steven could totally kick Bruce's ass (when he was younger).
I also think his fight scenes are better and more realistic than Bruce's.
The concept of using an opponet's force/strength against him is a very good idea. Even MMA uses this concept, if you are trying to pry the opponent's arm free for an armbar then go for an elbow compression lock. The practice of using a martial arts system that is soley based on using an opponent's force/strength against him is a very bad idea.
Sorry, about that. Pull back on the opponent’s arm as if you are going for an armbar, then when he is fighting it with his full strength slip one of your forearm, with the radius facing up, in between his antecubital. You can press down on the distal part of his forearm with your other hand or you can you your leg. I’m not the best at explaining things.