Lest me say this..... I know several respected police officers that are serious Aikido students. They use it effectively in restraining and apprehending suspects. One is a well known Aikido Master and former police officer. He (Thomas Burdine) was the one that changed my mind about Aikido as being practical in today's world. Those of you that know me, know that i do not impress easily. And Thomas Burdine did Impress me. He also demonstrated things on me that I could not counter. nor do I know what it was he did or how he did it.
So, here we are again with a few guys that are always around saying that Aikido is a fake and does not work. Then you have a few guys like me that have the background and experience to tell the difference between something that does not work and something that does, telling you that Aikido is effective. Now who are people going to believe?
Edit: @bbqpit .... The reason Aikido seems to be questions a lot lately is largely due to the constant negative remarks a few members here keep posting. These same members like to cause trouble and put down Aikido, Wing Chun, and a few other styles. When you look closer they tend to put down any traditional styles claiming they are not effective. Their stuck in the mma is better than everything mindset. but refuse to acknowledge that everything in mma came from traditional styles. They say that TMA does not work because we don't train properly, but ignore they fact that they have survived for centuries in life or death fights. Logic alone would tell them, or they should get it, that if the TMA did not work they would not have survived. Thus their beloved, mma would not exist as it is because the techniques they claim don;t work would have did out many years before mma....
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