The title sounds loosely associated with ‘MMA’ well we all know what that means
Martial arts, as engineered by O’sensei in the form of Aikido is a multi-role Martial Arts. Why do i say that? Typically, Aikido is generally safe for all people, and usually no one goes home with a bruised, i mean really physically bruised ego. The conditioning of Aikido is reasonably stressful, but not too stressful, I’m sure there are better ways to get physically fit than doing Aikido alone.
And when you put an Aikidoka, side by side with an average Joe? More often than not you can hardly tell them part, physically, of course unless you take a closer examination.
I’ve learned to tell a lot about a person by looking that the stories the body tell. Karateka, well trained ones, usually will have toughened knuckles, they are usually quite large and prominent, well for a reason obviously. Well, of course that air of aggression, and that hard look in the eyes.
Tattoos, as much as I would try not to stereotype, is another tell-tale sign of a person’s persona. Most MMA fighters I’ve seen have a tattoo. I can’t say the same for Aikidokas.
No, I’m not saying that Aikidokas are the ‘good guys’ and the rest are the ‘bad guys’. What i am suggesting is that could it be possible that an Aikido regime prepares a person to be more socially confident? You’ll make more friends with an open palm than a closed fist. well the very least, fewer enemies. Aikido stance is predominantly, open-handed.
WE move and weave in circular motion to minimise injury to our partners and ourselves, striking is minimal. In a competitive martial arts style, hurt is the name of the game, you put the guy out of action, you win. Try making friends thinking like that.
So socially speaking, I feel that Aikido better prepares a person for friendship, collaboration, for construction, for the multiplicity of our complex social world. We do not beat our opponents senseless to win their hearts, neither do we knock their teeth out to win their smile. If we have to we leave our aggressors alone, so that peace can reign.