There seems to be need to defend aikido. As in :”Why do you train in Aikido. It doesn’t ‘work”?”
It depends on how we define “work”.
The benefits I have received from my training include:
* Spacial awareness
* Safety consciousness
* Enhanced spirituality
* Increased flexibility
* Enhanced physicality (ability to move freely at 60 years of age)
* Awareness of what it mine and what is yours regarding what to change
* Enhanced ability to see my own side of the street
* Enhanced ability to see the good and not so good in others and accept them as they are
* Not to mention, I am more patient, and much less likely to blame others for my responses.
We all train in our own ways and get our own results.
I would say Aikido “works” for me. Does it “work” for you and how does it “work”?