There is much to understand why Aikido existed and continue to exists until today, and will continue to exist long after we are dead.
Aikido, is not a martial arts. It is love manifest. Yes, I’ve heard a certain so-and-so mentioned that Aikido will not stand a chance in an Octagon. Agreed. In form and function, there are other more effective systems out there, if combat is what you want, leave Aikido.
Love is a very, very fragile matter, of the heart. Just because it is fragile, does not mean it is weak. We all cannot come to being, without the love and harmony of our parents. Even if the child is born out of hate, it still takes a lot of love, care and devotion to bring a person to existence. Surely, love can be crushed, but it can never cease. The nature of this world, the very existence of our solar system is love. If our planet runs on hate, runs on ego, the Sun would have burned us up a long time ago.
Fragile because of our orbit, if we are a little bit off course, the effects will be catastrophic. Too close to the Sun, we will burn. if we are too far, the Earth as we know it will freeze.
The point i’m bringing your attention to, Renny is, this celestial incident occurs between humans too, occurs within us. If we go too close to a conflict, say as in your context, an MMA fighter, we can our lights punched out, too far, we will not be able to help the MMA fighter realise the futility of fighting. It is with love that we must face hate, and combat.
But we must not fight out of love, for love. Love is not meant to be fought for. If you need to justify a fight for love, then ask yourself, was it really for love? or for your attachment to the ideals of love. We humans are extremely crafty and intelligent to justify our course of actions as the truth. The simple truth is, if you fight, you lose. Period. for love, for the thought of love, for the ideals of love, are all delusion. you can only fight what you hate. you’ll never pick a fight against a person you love, you truly love. Like what Sir Paul McCartney, in his duet with the Late Michael Jackson, ‘I’m a lover, not a fighter’
So these i learned from Harry sensei, a tough old man, who have been through the ups and downs that we are only beginning to experience. If he lived on hate, and combat, he would be long dead. He is who he is today because he love, and he is loved. remember that, then next time you want to talk about the combat elements of Aikido, because there is none.