Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido IS a practical contemporary martial art” from aikiweb.com

“Please don’t see this thread as an attempt to revive any kind of “does aikido really work?” discussion. Nothing interests me less. Instead, I thought it would be useful to share what I personally love about Aikido…

My brother has trained in kick-boxing for quite a few years and loves UFC, etc. I, on the other hand, have studied aikido for about 3 years and despise UFC. He is particularly interested in the ‘practicality’ of martial arts and that got me thinking what one would want out of a contemporary martial art.”

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  1. Aikido has a large number of advantages. One is that it is multi-faceted. The good part of that is that you can start from wherever you are and train. The bad part is that there are endless discussions about ‘what is REAL aikido?’ or ‘that ISN’T real aikido…’ Later on the main difference between aikido and various martial sports seems to me that the aikidoka can’t be attached to winning and remain effective. But top shooting competitors share that…

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