I've been fascinated by Aikido for many many years. I've done a lot of research on it over the years as well. Of course the topic of "is it effective in a real street fight" is constantly being brought up. Most people say no, while a hardcore base says yes. What are your thoughts? I think the principles of Aikido are absolutely awesome. Redirecting someone's force and using it against them is very logical when it comes to self defense. But from what I've seen almost all of the Aikido schools do not teach it in a practical way. I remember going and watching a local Aikido class years ago because of my interest in the style. I was talking to the instructor about how what's most important to me is being able to handle myself in a real world street fight God forbid if that situation where to come about. The instructor immediately started making fun of me as being a guy who wants to fight in "mma fights". I told him that was definitely not the case but made him aware that if an mma guy does attack me on the street I actually wanted to be able to defend myself well against him and not get beat to death. Despite that negative experience I've still always been interested in Aikido. The main problems that I have with the style is it's lack of realistic training against realistic attacks. It's almost cult like environment in some of its dojos. And the lack of testing its own principles to see if they're actually effective. All these things said I still believe that Aikido, if taught effectively, could be an amazing form of self defense. The problem is that I've seen very few examples of it being taught effectively. Im not starting this thread to bash Aikido or anything like that. I would just like to know what experienced practitioners of Aikido actually think about what I've said.