I’ve recently caught some full bouts of UFC on my cable TV and needless to say, Aikido has no place in the Octagon. The way those guys fight, there is no way an Aikidoka can survive in there for one round.
So why do we still wanna call Aikido a ‘martial art’ which puts in in the same category as Karate, Muay Thai, and the ever so versatile MMA? When it is obvious that these arts possess more superior and hard hitting techniques compared to Aikido? Well, let’s get straight to the point, what good, then is Aikido?
Of course my general take is that ‘The song is only as good as the singer sings it.’ Which means that a very well trained Aikidoka will probably have an edge over a half baked MMA fighter, well, something like that.
For me to be trained in Aikido for such a long time, it definitely have its merits, and its merits is not fighting, rather in not fighting, which is why you probably won’t see Aikido-dominant fighter winning the UFC anytime soon. because the thing about Aikido is not fighting, or taking the fighting out of the fighting.
Surely, some hard-ass knuckle busting fighter will critic that perhaps, ‘soft’ art like Aikido is for wimps, for losers. Bas Rutten for one, commented on the usefulness (or the lack of it) in the application in Aikido (http://youtu.be/-k_uumIQ1uk) I have to agree with him, because Aikido is not about all out to win, neither it is all out to prevent losing. The principles of Aikido is much deeper than that. There is no pursuit in the medal nor the belt.
Not everyone is out to get a medal or a belt. A lot of us are just out there to make sense of the world, and Aikido is one of those arts that is very useful for that purpose.