When we look at the pre-eminent martial arts style right now, there is not many arts out there that can rival MMA, in combat. We usually, unwittingly think, how can an Aikidoka deal with a MMA exponent? The thing is, you can’t, the design of both arts are both mutually exclusive and at the same time, overlapping in some limited areas.
Since both styles, as with other styles, are design of man, we must understand that in any of man’s design, there are inherent flaws. There is no such thing as a perfect design, well, at least no perfect man-made design.
So we need to look at the design of Aikido, when O’sensei engineered it. The time where Aikido was born was a time of post WW2 chaos,What usually follows the death of death and the destruction of destruction? The birth of birth, and the herald of peace. Aikido was formed in such an era, so in order for O sensei to represent Peace and Harmony in the art he called Aikido, certain movement is thrown out of the curriculum. O sensei incorporated not too difficult, relatively un-complex technique that the majority of above average intelligent people with reasonable motor skills could learn. To ensure students can experience the harmony aspect of Aikido, the principles of circular movement is kept. In order to make people happy practising Aikido, competition was not part of the package. Killing techniques are soften, or taken out entirely. This in turn, reduces incidences of hate and excessive violence in the art.
Well these are my, reasonable, and educated part-understanding of Aikido and its design. And as with all designs, there is an order of priority, and when there is an order of priority, there is a sacrifice needed. Aikido as a martial art cannot be a know all and be all. Hence it cannot deal with a certain style of attack, because it is simply not designed to. We need to understand that as to become true exponent of the art. The inherent limitation is not a weakness of the art. Limitations only become a weakness when the exponent ignore the virtues of the art and tries to do what the art is not designed to do. Aikido is not designed to break bricks. and knock people out.
So can an art like MMA do what Aikido do? Probably not, as MMA is designed for an entirely different purpose. Is the purpose superior? To that of Aikido? That is the million dollar question. Personally, MMA didn’t give me that spiritual and mental depth the way Aikido challenged me. Sure, if i wanna knock a person’s teeth out, MMA’s the choice. That is the easy part. The design of Aikido puts me in a more difficult spot, how to not hurt a person when hurting a person is so easy to do.