People will talk at length about Aikido and how invincible someone else was using it.
You invite them to face a real fighter and suddenly they are doing Aikido for “spiritual reasons.”
Well, it either works or it does not.
The trouble is that there are all sorts of things being passed off as “aikido, ” but undefined as to what this word really means.
Recreation? Weekend pastime? Cardio? Calisthenics? Social club? A political party? and some.
Others call it a “martial-art.” Lots of things are being called “martial,” but they are not.
These dance playthings will never be used in war because they don’t work!
And yet, there are those who daily, whether in the military, police or other security, deploy very valid Aikido techniques to do their job.
So, what’s the deal? Does it work or not?
It depends on the individual.
One good method to test whether YOUR peculiar brand of aikido is real or not, simply front up to a boxing or wrestling stable and ask to try out.
99% of the time, you will find that your aikido is nothing, and you will go home nursing bruises. More on your ego than physically.
After that there are two types of people.
One will go back to pretending and bury their head in denial, fantasies waffle and all sort of unfounded theoretics and silliness.
The other will learn these other methods and find ways to aikify them. Absorb them into training.
Suddenly Aikido starts to work.
What a mystery!