Why Did Aikido Lose Popularity? – Brief Martial Arts

Why Did Aikido Lose Popularity? – Brief Martial Arts

Aikido has been in a wave of controversy for
years now. Even the once considered “God of Aikido”in popular culture, is now being
washed away in the mud. But what? has happened to this art’s, once former glory? Where?
did it all go so wrong? Morihei Ueshiba, also known as O’Sensei
(Great Teacher) born in 1883 during his life has become a master of a classical a Jujitsu
style of Aiki-Jujitsu, a form of Kenjutsu – Japanese Swordsmanship and Jojutsu, the
art of the combat staff. He was also a devotee of various spiritual practices, spending a
big part of his life in meditation and studies of sacred texts. With years of experience,
he has come to connect all of his knowledge into a Martial Art that he called Aikido. Aikido was so highly respected that for a
certain period of time, only people who had a recommendation, were allowed to practice
it. Many famous martial artists through entire Japan came to train with Ueshiba and had a
lot of respect for him. Yet these days Aikido is looked with a lot of skepticism by fellow
martial artists, most notably by that of MMA and BJJ, although not excluding many others.
But in order to realize where this has started, we will have to take a better look at the
past. Traditional Jujitsu was created and developed
in Japan by the samurai, mainly to defend against armored and potentially armed opponents
in battle field or in other places. Yet after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, which ended
the samurai class, completely changed people’s relationship to martial arts. Various martial
arts, including Jujitsu have started to be considered unfashionable and had little interest
to people. Also, with the changing times, most of Jujitsu masters started to conclude
that their art has become impractical and thus stopped their practices entirely.
Yet Jigoro Kano, born 1860, being bullied in his childhood decided to learn Jujitsu
nevertheless. After long and difficult search for a teacher, who would be still willing
to teach, he eventually not only came to learn the art himself, but also became a master
of it. Yet he did not stop there. With Jujitsu still being unpopular and not
accepted by general public, Sensei Kano decided to not only change some of the techniques,
but also to rediscover it’s emphasizes and philosophy, which suited more the modern day.
Thus Judo was born – a martial art that was more adapted to the current time.
Judo has become increasingly popular and it’s practitioners constantly won in contests against
other styles of Jujitsu, thus proving it’s superiority. Hearing all the talks about it,
Mitsuyo Maeda, born 1878, became interested in the art and started practicing it in his
early years. He ended up studying with Jigoro Kano’s senior students, with the supervision
of the Judo founder himself. As Judo became known in the United States,
it was decided to send more judoka’s there from Japan, to promote the art. Maeda took
the opportunity. He travelled around the whole West, not only teaching but also constantly
participating in various demonstrations and contests. In 1914 he first visited Brazil,
where he engaged in his Judo activity and became well known. While in Brazil, in 1917
he met Carlos Gracie, who soon became his student and ended up learning from Maeda for
a few years. Carlos, having learned Judo, back then also known as Kano Jujitsu, later
on he continued to pass his knowledge to his other Gracie brothers.
Amidst his brothers, the most notable one was Helio Gracie. Born 1913, Helio was a frail
child, thus he wasn’t able to perform many of the techniques himself, due to the lack
of physic and other health issues. This in turn lead him to modify and improve what he
was taught. Continuing to improve what they have learned,
Carlos’ and Helios’ jujitsu has become so effective that they decided to start hosting
an event, which was already popular in Brazil, known as Vale Tudo – a full contact, unarmed
combat event, with limited set of rules, where the Gracie brothers would compete against
other styles of combat. Here the Gracies were actually able to defeat most of the opponents.
When the Gracies went to the United States to further promote their style, they started
referring to it as Gracie or Brazilian Jujitsu to differentiate from other names. They kept
constantly improving their style and proving it’s effectiveness against various fighters,
which also supported their technical growth. Thus the roots were born of the such a well
known Martial Art that these days we often call with the simple abbreviation of BJJ.
With tournaments of various martial arts becoming increasingly popular, various martial arts
had started to be blended together. Brazilian Jujitsu had also a big influence in this mix,
since in 1993, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship, also known as UFC was hosted,
where Royce Gracie, the son and student of Helio Gracie, won the tournament, thus leading
to a realization, that BJJ has to be included in the practice of what has become known as
Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA. With the popularity of MMA and it’s various
tournaments rising, the development of the blend of various martial arts continued. This
blend, as much as BJJ, focused on eliminating everything that is not necessary and increasing
the efficiency of a fighter in a tournament and leaving only whatever is most practical.
In other words, practicality and efficiency has become the basis of modern martial arts.
Yet here we reach the point where we come back to Aikido. With it’s deep philosophical
roots, Morihei Ueshiba did not approve any competition. He stated that Aikido is meant
for reconciling conflict and the betterment of the individual, rather than deciding who
is more efficient. Thus Aikido was never exposed to an urge of needing to improve it’s techniques
in order to perform better in tournaments, or was never continuously forced to look at
it’s lacks. Also, ironically enough, despite that O’Sensei
kept improving and changing his art, many of the Aikido instructors refused to change
Aikido techniques on a fundamental level, trying to honor the founder in this way. Some
main Aikido teachers, such as Sensei Morihiro Saito went so far as to make it his primarily
goal to preserve the art exactly as it is. While this corresponds to the cultural values
of Japan, to preserve and honor the past, this phenomenon has been transmitted to the
West as well, with many instructors refusing to make any substantial changes to the art,
thus leaving Aikido with the same form and techniques, with only minor changes.
Not having any exposure to competition and being preserved by it’s instructors, Aikido
has become static, while BJJ and MMA has continued to constantly improve, thus eventually starting
to give controversy to the art, as to if it has any practical use at all.
There had been some attempts to make Aikido more efficient, such as “Real Aikido”,
created by a Serbian man named Ljubomir Vracarevic. The so called“Real Aikido” is based on
Aikido techniques, with the attempt to modify them in a more efficient and practical way,
yet while it maintains a similar external shell to Aikido, that was founded by Ueshiba,
it does not touch upon the original philosophy or spirit that the founder felt are absolutely
necessary in this Art. Which brings us to the second wall that Aikido is facing.
Many of Aikido’s instructors, even included the top students of Morihei, were so focused
on the technical side of Aikido, that most of them neglected the spiritual side almost
entirely, which again brings us to an ironical fact – for Ueshiba, the spirituality and Aikido
were inseparable. He even went so far as to saying that: “These techniques are only
for health! What Aikido is about – is spiritual”. Yet even these days, so many instructors are
so focused on trying to prove Aikido’s liability as a martial art, or try to preserve it so
much, that the spiritual side of it becomes left out. While even senior instructors and
many Aikidoka are facing this conflict, not being clear on what Aikido is or where it
should go, the art is left with so much controversy and space for criticism. Yet what if we would
change this? Sensei Morihei Ueshiba saw Aikido as a tool
to reconcile the world and to help individuals improve not only their physique, but most
importantly –their character. For him – technique was just a platform, upon which he could share
his message – that True Victory is the Victory against oneself.
The world already has plenty of effective martial arts – yet it is still missing an
effective way to reconcile it. O’Sensei saw that – and that is the reason he created
a different martial art, and not a continuation of Jujitsu. If O’Sensei wasn’t concerned
about proving Aikido against other Martial Arts and he wasn’t so concerned about the
importance of technique – why are we? As long as we will put Aikido in the same
box as BJJ or MMA, it will never become as popular. Even if we would modify and adapt
it’s techniques, yet we would loose the essence of it – what would the use of Aikido
be? I say – let’s stop comparing football to chess. Let’s respect them, appreciate
and benefit from what they are. Aikido can be a unique tool to make a difference
in people’s lives and that of the world. It does not deny the chance to improve it,
make it better and adapt it to this day. Actually – it needs that! But just changing the technique
will never be enough. As long as we will continue to put it into existential competition to
other martial arts – we will never have the space to reveal Aikido’s true message
and purpose and it will never have the popularity that it deserves.
I say – let’s stop fighting against other martial arts, trying to prove something against
them. Let’s stop trying to preserve the external shell of Aikido. Let’s stop wasting
time and start re-discovering and presenting Aikido for what it is.
A practice, meant to help each individual become better and to reconcile the world.
How to do this? We will have re-discover again, together. But we start – with asking this
question and not trying to prove something or to win against others. Do you agree with this message? What do you
think Aikido should change in order to make a difference? How do you think it should adapt
to these days? Let us know in the comments bellow.
Also, don’t forget to subscribe, to know when the next video will come out. This is
Sensei Rokas, and see you on the virtual mat again soon!


  • Marlon Brando Brad Pitt says:

    AIKIDO can destroy and kill if you want. AIKIDO is design to neutralize the attack.

  • Paul Olson says:

    Judo works because you're opponent is unwilling to let you beat them. So much easier in a real fight.

  • Lao tzu says:

    Bc the people who teach now is bullshit

  • Dojocho says:

    The whole concept of Ueshiba turning the real Daito Ryu he learned from Sokaku into something that went along with his esoteric beliefs and trying to make it into some religious thing was too confusing. The whole Omoto kyo fanaticism/cult almost cost him his life when he was captured….. Thus many of his student went in so many ways it didn't have a structure to pass down so everyone started doing all kinds of crazy things…….

  • James Kirchner says:

    The first step to accepting aikido for what it is is to quit comparing it to MMA cage fighting, like the owner of this channel does all the time. This guy can recite the intended purpose of aikido, but then he goes on to compare apples and oranges again and again in his videos, as if aikido is diminished because it is not cage fighting.

  • Bruce Charlie says:

    Aikido + Aggression = Jet Kune Do

  • Edwin R says:

    seemed like this was interesting but I could not hear it because of the background music.

  • Rain Man says:

    AIkido is theater, not self defense. If I wanted a philosophical outlet I would (and do) practice meditation, and/or read some of the many classics, etc. I thoroughly enjoy tai-chi, and think doing push hands has more actual self defense application (albeit limited) than the whole of Aikido. I actively practice self protection where we "pressure test" techniques and tactics – against non-compliant partners, and it is a real eye opener as to what does and doesn't work for actual self protection. Do what you want, just be realistic about what it is in actuality.

  • Jan Strucker says:

    The music is TOO LOUD. Its louder than the narrator.

  • VESTIGIOS says:

    i cant hear shit

  • Akira Kush says:

    it lost its popularity because people who did aikido got beat up lol

  • Curt Christensen says:

    Because Steven segall got old, fat, and irrelevant

  • Mila Rose says:

    If you are not concerned with the efficiency of the combat portion then it is not a martial art. It's an art. Like painting. Stop calling it a martial art and people will stop comparing it to martial arts.

  • jadekayak01 says:

    Once again you are an idiot.

    Aikido has not lost popularity.

    Worldwide memberships are always increasing.

    YOU have list faith because you have looked past the bullshit and seen that it it is not that effective -mostly because of the IDIOTS that are teachers because they believe that supwrior technique can beat anything else.

    Most students of aikido i have seen look like a large pieces of pape in an ORIGAMI class could cause them serious harm.

  • bad bad mc bad says:

    I was not aware aikido was ever popular. People simply sought out to learn martial arts outside of boxing. There were only two "martial arts" types known in the 70's and 80's… chinese "kungfu" and Japanese karate/judo/aikido. The Chinese kungfu masters did not want foreigners to know kungfu. Japan commercialized it's martial arts to preserve the knowledge and culture. People have not much studied martial arts in Japan since 1890… it is now a nostalgic fictional fascination. Much like the space ranger or the wild west cowboy. Not to mention martial arts in China was made into cinema.

  • Vandy Zeng says:

    Next time listen to your own video before you post it online.. u will suffer as we just did..

  • Jaws 75 says:

    Is it amazing to watch yes, is totally useless in a street fight yes.

  • Jason Williams says:

    Probably because like many if not most martial arts the instructors forgot how to really fight and then taught people to the black belt level who were never in a real street fight. Any martial art must be perfected in real life combat. And sport fighting is not real life combat. The guys of yesteryear who were grandmasters had to rely on it to save their asses because if it didn't they wouldn't make it to pass their skills onto someone else. I already knew how to fight on a basic level before I studied martial arts. I then simply refined what I already knew and added a few useful moves here and there. I've got a few moves from boxing, BJJ, Kung Fu, and Judo. I wouldn't solely rely on any of them as a standalone art.

  • binaryruffian says:

    What delusional nonsense, I hope karma catches up to these guys in this life. They’ve swindled people’s time and money with something that doesn’t work.

  • Louie Di Gianni says:

    It seems logical that aikido is not looked upon favorably by modern martial artists because it is not an aggressive fighting art. It is one of the more softer forms of the martial arts that does not accommodate the tournament to prove the manhood of the martial artist. There is a certain selflessness in aikido that embodies its philosophy of unifying with life energy or ki. One must understand its spiritual aspect and not just the application of fighting technique.

  • Stanley James Adie says:

    probably because it is not on Sky TV.

  • William Ng says:

    BJJ trains the body, Aikido trains the mind….

  • Dimitris Gkikas says:

    The stupid guy hits again commenting Aikido. How stupid you could possibly be? If you boy don't like it, do something else!

  • Odain Jackman says:

    This video would be great if the music wasn't so loud and annoying.

  • Ebu irfan Özden says:

    Because of Darwinism. Aikido is not competitive. but westerners look at life as a fight. so aikido fell out of sight. Aikido's philisophy is not acceptable for kapitalist life style.

  • domz dome says:

    So basically aikido is garbage because he fused it with spirituality. Aikido is useless and cannot be used to unite the world. Anyone who believed in this bullshit doesn't understand the world and our nature and does not check the history first.

  • James Warren says:

    not one thing  under stand that here in  the u.s.a  thay have to show that thay are bitter wrong .

  • Jay Dee says:

    If a true aikido master were to fight in a match to the death and win, you'd never hear about it from him, and it is most likely, it was a private battle with no witnesses.

  • danni ragu says:

    Look if not effective in street then throw it away you go in to martial arts for what self defense if that fail you then what are you doing so if it dont work i would get rid of it just my opinion

  • Jason Daly says:

    I disagree. I don't think Aikido ever lost it's popularity. It's one of the few accessible Japanese feudal arts left. It's closely related to Japanese self defense Jujutsu.

  • Brit Giv says:

    Did you really add a movie scene from The Last Samurai?

  • raniellactaorph says:

    Put a strike it becomes aikijiujitsu

  • darkman381 says:

    Stupid title…

  • Harry Williams says:

    Aikido does work, most schools are just absolute crap and don't teach proper Aikido. Instead, they teach some bastardized crap involving using strength and force which defeats the whole purpose and makes the practitioner useless.

  • 1Blkkato says:

    People dont have the patience to get good. MMA style fighting is geared toward modern Americans lifestyles. You can train in it & be effective in 6 months. In order to use what you learned in Aikido it takes years of practice and people just dont have the time to commit to that. I have a friend who is a bouncer & runs his own Aikido dojo, he is most definitely bad ass & only learned & uses Aikido! Dont under estimate it, most people aren't use to fighting that way. the element of surprise is very powerful with Aikido if you dont know the other person is skilled at it. Aikido has a lot of tricky moves once your a black belt in it.

  • Rickster Music says:

    Not to sound like an idiot, but was Aikido ever popular outside of Japan?

  • Aizea the cute baby. says:

    https://youtu.be/CpOzVqR3YH4 pls watch and subscribe also to this self defense tutorial for girls youtube channel by the way i am 7 years old girl who love to learn self defense.. Thanks

  • Robert Mugabe says:

    When the music started I thought I had another tab open so I looked through 20 YouTube tabs and when I couldn't see another volume icon I finally realized that you have recorded this in a club and the DJ just started his set.

  • fr rd says:

    I think there is confusion

    The art of Aikido defensive is not offensive

    Be defensive and affect the opponent by punching and breaking the knuckle

    This requires high skill and hard training

    I believe that every martial art has its advantages and disadvantages
    Just concentrate

  • david tomlin says:

    People who you talk to

  • Thomas Kolter says:

    Because as the founder of a style for disabled people AFT (Adaptive Fighting and Tactics) this martial art like many to me are ineffective for self-defense the first thing I focused on.

  • jhaduvala says:

    I agree. Aikido is a kindness practice in a combat situation. That's its challenge. Take away the kindness towards your opponent and you get martial arts. It's a kindness practice. Also, for those who think it's defensive…it's not. It's about controlling the attack, not defending. Control (i.e. taking charge of the interaction) is not defense.

  • terence w says:

    7:24 I practice AIKIDO everyday

  • Christof L says:

    Aikido sucks as a fighting art! It gained most of it's popularity in the U.S. from Steven Seagal movies. You know, the big fat bald guy who wears a wig that looks like a shag carpet and needs stunt doubles to do all of his moves now, right?

  • Steve Hoag says:

    I've taken Jujitsu, and taught Aikido for many years – you make some great points, but you need to re-release this video with better sound mixing so your message is heard. And yes, if you want to learn how to take care of yourself on the street, Aikido is not the way to go. If you want to take care of yourself in other facets of life, Aikido is good.

  • Dominic O'Conner says:

    answer to that could have something to do with one of there main spokesperson Steven Segel. If you want to promote something with a personality make sure the person actually has one.

  • Sky Anton says:

    I think that aikido stands for a peaceful way of trying to

    ”disarm your enemy”
    Without harming them.

    Its peaceful indeed and is made me for me, because i like to avoid conflict.

    Im a lover not a fighter and a fighting style thats keep me and My loved ones safe while not hurting other’s is Perfect.

    But if its necessary I’ll use it to punish my enemy.

    Have a great day to whoever read this.

  • Liar Department says:

    People who scoff at Aikido are usually ignorant, arrogant, opinionated & they always smell weird.
    I studdied other arts before finding a REAL Aikido community. Spent about 7 years studying & practicing. Aikido WORK. your aikido may not work. Aikido WORK.

  • first name says:

    why in the hell are you playing music over this ?
    "hey guys, here's this really cool and interesting video in akido, but I'm going to play music over it so you can't hear a damn thing"

  • Grand Canyon Chapel says:

    I would have to say; I agree you understand the art of Aikido, I bean to practice in 1969. as I look at all the arts of war they confuse Aikido as to be one of them? it is NOT. although one benefit is you will be able to defend yourself from martail artist and others alike, it is just a way of being in tune with yourself and understanding The One Living God. ..

  • reyramos66 says:

    Aikido, the only martial art where the attacker must coordinate the movements with the victim. Kind of dancing with the stars session.

  • Vox Quod says:

    OMG, the friggin music is so loud, I cannot follow the voice over! Please adjust the sound.

  • LA says:

    Forget the honor. It needs to adapt to times. I don't agree with you saving face for it. Why do you think you closed your Aikido doors.

  • Grey Dragon says:

    I am a karateka who also practices judo. I have studied a bit of aikido. It seems that the basis of aikido is defending against the wrist grab. No one who has ever wished me harm has tried to grab my wrist. I truly do not mean any dis respect to aikido, I’m just curious about this.

  • rickyteee says:

    To be good in aikido you need a partner that can fall

  • vernon robinson says:

    Aikido became stuck in a 'cultural' cul-de-sac.. It did not have a competitive spirit, unlike judo, which has progressed since Kano.

  • Chelsea Murphy says:

    Combat at it's core, is chaos. In real combat there are few rules, not one of them tell you what you can't do. Training in an art can prepare your body (how to take a hit, how to fall, and other skills that are applicable to combat) but nothing for the mind set of combat. In fact the arts lean specifically away from that mind set. Those of us looking for the truth of combat and defense either learn or suffer. In learning you suffer only a little less. The hardest thing to learn when found in a fight is what is your intention. It is fine when in the dojo or the ring to falter, to sway away from the way. That's the art you've spent years refining, your intention. That's why this and other art forms lost popularity. They stopped following the way.

  • Maxi Stone says:

    It has never been MuRiHey's intention to let aikido gain popularity.
    On the contrary, he de motivated marketing there of and prohibited competition for one simple reason…… injury and death.
    Anyone who didnt or cant find the significance of aikido in combat should never have started.
    Students who went on show case or competition with aikkdo were punished and banned from training or belonging to the root of murihay.
    Murihay said that showbusiness (holywood) will stretch the energy span of martial arts and of life like a bow untill it brakes.
    It has broken long ago.

  • giannis pateras says:

    Cant understand anything you say and narration is a mess

  • Max Korin says:

    The music completely spoils this video I stopped watching after 1 minute. To answer some of the comments here…. Aikido is an art, the way (do) of Aiki (Harmonious Energy) and it's emphasis is on flowing elegant form. If you want an effective method of self-defence you need Aikijutsu. Jutsu is the science of and focuses on the effective application of Aiki. It can be a brutal discipline if studied and practised correctly. Don't underestimate Aikijutsu.

  • 9B17 says:

    Fortunately the clip has caption

  • Ricardo Murillo says:

    Aikido is the waltz of martial arts unlike more modern versions that are like techno. Waltz is not played in dance clubs but it preserves the essence which was to honor the beauty of women and classical music. Martial art should be an art for living. Now our selfie selfish consumer society requires martial destruction games to overrun the other to get attention and sell tickets.

  • Adelaide hula hoopers says:

    Your background music is too loud.

  • Camelio Rojo says:

    Please make the video without any music to focus on your words clearly

  • Gustava V says:

    Nice music video!

  • Victor Johnson says:

    Because people started buying guns. Now all your judo crap just gets you shot in the face!

  • suchalad242434 says:

    thanks so much for this video. I'm 20 year old and never practised a martial art. I have discovered Aikido and I definitely plan to start soon.

    this was a great video and I appreciate it very much. thanks friend

  • suchalad242434 says:

    People are so extreme in one way or another. Either they're nihilist and nothing matters, or everything in life has to have a "practical" purpose.
    find balance in life and will be at peace
    great video

  • shubham Thakur says:

    Can barely hear you.

  • RikuoCZ says:

    This is true. Amazing conception in this video. 🙂

  • Jake N. says:

    The damn music totally butchered this otherwise well informed great video.

  • pahtashow says:

    Aikido will be always practiced regardless popular trends by persons who share same spirituality, understating and way of live. For me Aikido does exactly what I need.

  • mega leo says:

    I've seen one interesting video of this "tomiki" aikido fight, a style where competitions are actually alowed and therefore the technique seemed pretty practical to me… you can find it as "Aikido – Fight – Toshu Randori – Tomiki style" at the channel "ITAF (Russia)"

  • express315 says:

    What are you saying?
    Sorry, music is too loud, I can't hear you!

  • justame smith says:

    Well. I wanted something that would help me in a fight. You helped me decide that aikido is not for me.

  • REd COiN Studios. Hakeem Alexander says:

    Aikido is a spiritual practice.

    It is The Way of the Harmonious Spirit". Ai = harmony; ki = spirit; do = way.

    This is what O Sensei wanted and preached. The closer one gets to the source, the more clear this concept becomes.

    It was never intended to be practical for fighting.

    It is a PhysioMeditation.

  • teknomogul says:

    aikido is a joke, that's what happened

  • Chef says:

    Music is wayyyyyyy too loud

  • tmorgan says:

    One of the mainreasons is the way people demonstrate Aikido. It isn't that the techniques aren't effective, but the teaching method doesn't include anything but extremelly exagerated attacks. In short….Aikido didn't provide the modern world ( that has become increasingly interested in practicallity thank goodness) with anything of value in that relm.

  • Wado Karate Promotion Society says:

    Yes I ahve to agree why does the background music (if you can call it that) have to be so loud?

  • Jericho Beach says:

    Ppl got tired of watching Steven seagul clothesline men in dresses with buttpads

  • Frank Milo says:

    The F^%@* MUSIC!!!!!
    TURN IT OFF!!!

  • Hollie Peyton says:

    It's far better on "mute" .. Guy talks at 90mph , like a speeding run on sentence train wreck .. And ditch the music , doesn't fit at all , and too loud..

  • Ninjamaster77 says:

    I heard everything Rokus was saying.The background music didn't even bother me..

  • Taekwondo invented 1930 ITF style invented in 1959 says:

    It's all about Kung Fu karate and taekwondo

  • Taekwondo invented 1930 ITF style invented in 1959 says:

    Your martial art should adapt just like everyone else does. That's why there's 5 styles Of taekwondo but only 2 main styles that came to existence in the The mid sixties. Early a style of taekwondo came to existence in 1955 from karate and taekkyon and sabuk and sabhk. And the 5 Original kwans and of course the kungfu styles. So if you don't Adapt to lose popularity. There And your art will die.

  • Dawud AbdYAHU Bn-YasharAL says:

    Why Akido is OUT? This is one of the reasons >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXO9FrZ1N9s

  • Alpine K9 Hans says:

    Video does not match the topic.

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  • Only E says:

    you do so much videos like this trying to convince yourself that aikido is not good.couse you are not good at it, couse you are good just at doing this videos right? just a youtubi guy and you like to confuse people with your fake tellings

  • bvgatti says:

    It takes too long to learn

  • stan broniszewski says:

    And to think I was under the impression Aikido lost popularity because Steven Seagal was proven a total shmuck & an absolute liar.

  • Pop Woodside says:

    Shut the music off. Is this a Disco video?

  • StimParavane says:

    If Aikido is ineffective then there is no point in practising it and you should just do meditation.

  • Can Bilir says:

    Nice. Now put a katana and a wakizashi on the aikidoka's belt and re-evaluate the sport. Now the BJJ guy will have to go for his wrists so that the aikidoka can NOT draw the blade and everything is put in perspective. When the blade is out, BJJ is out of scope! When there IS no blade, aikido is out of scope. That's the simple fact of it.

  • greatcatt says:

    i learned from roy sunaka he learned from o sensei. look it up. aikido has lost popularity because too many people treat it like thi chi. if you simply ajust the angles and use the more pure aiki jujitsu you have a street effective art.. but do you really want to dislocate 3 joints with an shiho-nagi? aikido is the art of shoguns. "softened" to protect those foolish enough to attack you. its extremely hard to use. a monkey can pound her hand on a rock till its a weapon.
    and land a blow. thats not aikido. aikido isent a ryu its a do. the way. whenever you see it its aiki-jitsu in 1 form or the other. 1 for growth 1 for killing. and EVERYONE missis a key point its a sword art. learn kendo or kenjitsu first and aikido will be second nature not a empty hand art… once you look at its as if the arms are swords it becomes clearer…

  • Karl Herzog says:

    This is fascinating but I find it hard to hear and concentrate on with the music.

  • reynaldo monteza says:

    Aikido isn't proven effective since it's practice in the dojo is limited only to slow motion or telegraphic moves. i boxing and karate students are taught to punch fast and retract immediately after delivering. In Aikido you are taught to give your hands so the defender can grab it and apply the technique. How can u apply it in actual, the attacker especially boxers are trained to deliver punching combinations?

  • Joseph Flores says:

    The training lacks sparring and it became too soft

  • Anony Anony says:


    Aikido is bullshido.

    They'd never fight in boxing or UFC.

    Learn boxing, freestyle wrestling, folk boxing styles, folk wrestling styles, baguazhang, Choi li fut, Southern preying mantis kung fu, Southern white crane kung fu or even kilaripayattu.

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