Alright I've got a book here I would like an opinion on: Angry White Pyjama's
The book is basically about an English guy and his roomates, living in Japan, who decide to stop being lazy and pick up a physical activity, so they join an Aikido Dojo. Well, the main guy enrolls in the Japanese Riot Police Course. The course is a year long, 5 days a week all day, and is basically just hardcore Aikido training.
So, the issue is: If Aikido is so ineffective in real fighting, why are the Japanese riot police being trained extensively in this art.
Note: I'm not condoning the use of the afore mentioned "Aikido", just asking for some speculation.