There is a deeper meaning to Aikido than just a martial arts. In fact, its is not effective as a form of self defense. the learning curve is too steep and anyone aspire to be competent in self defense are better off taking MMA.
What frustrates folks so much about Aikido is all the mambo jumbo, wishy washy talk about ‘ki’. Well I am not qualified to hold any dissertation on that, all I understand is what i received, and that in itself is suffice for me.
It will never be suffice for you, my dear reader, unfortunately. Because you have to find what is suffice for me. taste your own taste. Aikido is a terrible thing to share because every route is so different. There is truly no form not function which can be held consistent.
Aikido is reflection.
Reflection of what? of ourselves. as much as I would like to say that I have everything in me to decide on the outcome. The same goes for my Uke, who has everything he possess to come to a decisive resolution. So if that is the course of action, struggle ensue.
Aikido is simply a tool to end struggling. Aikido equipped a person to stand in the path of the situation (irrespective ‘good’ or ‘bad’) and bravely yet calmly uses superior skills and life force to reflect the situation to achieve a better outcome.
There is basically three outcome in violence, with the attacker dead, or the defender dead, or a neutralizing of the violence. Sure we can use Aikido and totally destroys our uke. sure we can be benevolent and let our lives be taken, or we can come to another outcome, the popularly known ‘win/win’ outcome.