Oh so, he does BJJ and MMA now? Yeh cleverness overcoming stubbornness. Nice move by this guy and I'm sure he gets some flack from other Aikido instructors.
I trained it intensively for a couple of years under a very martial instructor (who included weapons training). There were a few black belts that were clearly baddass and I reckon could handle most street situations against untrained fighters. (These guys mentioned have been training for 15-20 yrs and a lot of them have done other styles which doesn't usually get taken into consideration: those guys who are tough at Aikido don't seem to mention the years of training in other arts they've done. This seemed common among seniors.) This style was originally devised to combat other eastern styles on the battlefield and so it's not that it is useless, but the question of whether it bodes well in a 1on1 against a well-rounded semi-trained fighter is clearly evident now.
Yeh, Ramirez it's true that mma enthusiasts have made this argument for some time, so I for one am glad that it was put to rest. Muchos respectos to this guy. I am glad that I did the training though, cos there are some pretty dope moves you can use if and when the rare opportunity comes up: like if someone from behind you grabs your shoulder from behind or is stupid enough to grab hold of you wrist or go for an all out karate style lunge (or baseball bat). The weapons training could come in handy. (I don't ever remember doing any drills to counter overhand rights or MT leg kicks though.)
The trouble I have mainly is that if you go into an Aikido dojo and challenge a senior, they hide behind the ethical excuses and will probably turn you down. Surely if u run a dojo, you would be up for proving how effective your style is and wouldn't pass on such opportunities?