Aikido Vs. MMA: The Unflinching Comparison

Recently, a fellow Aikido teacher shared a video with me of a YouTube commentator evaluating Aikido videos.  In general, this commentator expressed incredulity and disdain regarding what he saw of Aikido as a fighting art.  As this was about the 300th video, article, and forum thread I have seen on this topic, and because it occasionally […]

What Really Makes Aikido Stand Out From All Other Martial Arts

There are a lot of aspects to Aikido that make it distinct from all other martial arts; its moral foundation and objectives, its prioritization of spiritual discipline, its emphasis on takemusu (infinite expression) and principle over technique, and of course its unique perspective of indirect solutions to aggression.  Many might also argue that its study of […]