No apologies. Manay a times we hear so much about it. “Aikido is very safe, it can be practiced by the young and old…etc.etc…” This happens to other martial arts as well, truth to the matter, it is gimmick.
Martial arts, Aikido for that matter, is not for everyone. To make it ‘marketable’ in this consumer is king era, we appeal to the masses. It always does, from that we can sustain the continuity of the art, economically.
Sure in every art, there is always a few simple moves a layperson can pick up in a few lessons. In fact, martial arts are designed to be ‘soldier proof’, where a foot solider can quickly learn basic and devastating moves to use in times of warfare. The combative aspect of martail arts can equip a person quickly with deadly moves.
Beyond that, it really does not belongs to the realm of the masses. These ‘deadly moves’ are dangerous when applied out of context. like a loaded weapon, it can be turned against the owner in an unskilled situation.
Especially in Japanese martial arts, it has evolved from a ‘J ‘Do’ or the ‘Way’, is generally agreed to be an evolved from ‘Jitsu’ where the practioner is skilled in killing, but choose to use killing techniques to avoid killing. This is the paradox that is beyond the realm of the masses. while it is possible to impart ‘jitsu’ to the masses quickly, but to learn the ‘Do’, is another matter altogether. itsu’ to a ‘Do’, as in ‘Aikijutsu’ and ‘Aikido’. ‘Jitsu’ loosely means ‘battle skills or techniques’, its like a drill, deadly simple, quick and easy to learn.
So if you join Aikido, or other martial arts for that matter, thinking that it is easy to learn and you can become a skilled exponent in a matter of months, think again, be prepared to take years of devotion. loneliness, despair and an immunity to injuries just to name a few, to finally reap the rewards to knowing and understanding the ‘way’. But by then, it might not be worth your time.