Why Aikido is the Best Martial Art

Hi – my name’s Azu. Welcome to AikidoFlow.
I’m here to basically explain to you or basically answer the question why I choose aikido over
any martial arts. Now I wanna stress I’m not saying aikido is the best martial arts in
the world; there’s aspects of it which are brilliant, aspects of all martial arts – all
martial arts is brilliant. But for what I do, aikido I’ve found is the best martial
art. My day job I work in a school, teaching kids, part time I do security in nightclubs.
I’ve been doing that for about 15 years and I’ve been in a lot of situations where I’ve
used aikido in real life. And the reason why it’s best for me is because it gives me choice.
Now, I’m not that young anymore, and it’s nice to be able to do something without having
to punch or kick all the time. I’ve seen – I’ve been arrested twice on the job. And that’s
often been the result of me hitting somebody back in the day and police come, they see
blood, a broken nose or whatever, next thing minute I’m in cuffs, I’m being arrested. And
that was just me acting in self defence. But aikido lately I’ve found has given me a choice,
like for example – sorry, Ondrej can I borrow you please? Ondrej! For example, I’ve been
in many situations now. Let’s..I’m gonna talk about first of all the situations where I’ve
managed to defuse a situation and have it not escalate to anything. Ok, one scenario
– one guy here, his mates are kicking off, so all security are fighting here, this guy
I’m trying to keep him calm, and suddenly he just grabs me, ok. And he grabs me and
he goes for a punch here, ok. I was able to block it and come with a nikkyo and say to
him “Hey my man, relax, calm down, ok”. He felt a bit of pain here and that was enough
for me, I didn’t even have to take him down all the way or anything, that was enough for
him to say “Alright, alright, I’m good I’m good I’m good.” And this defused the situation.
Another time, same thing, guy went for a grab. I grabbed his hand, and I gave him a nice
lock here and I said to him “My man, please, relax yourself, calm down.” And that was enough
to disperse it. It was about to kick off, but it didn’t. I’ve also escorted people out
of the club many times where I’ve come along, there’s been lots of security pinning down
one guy, trying to hold him, this guy’s been struggling, and I’ve come along and I’ve just
grabbed him here, got him in a bit of a lock here and said “Alright, everybody let go let
go. Come on mate, let’s go.” And I’ve walked him out the club. Take him out the door, yes,
goodbye mate. Done and dusted. So it hasn’t really had to escalate to me throwing punches
or whatever. And to be honest, sometimes people do silly things, and maybe you wanna inflict
a bit of pain on them for them to make you realise that ok I shouldn’t mess here. So
it makes it easy for me to do that without leaving any visible damage on them. I’ve also
been in the scenario when I was attacked. Kicked out about 20 guys from the club, me
and my other security. They started to rush the door. Now, we’re all kind of fighting
here but one guy came at me, he’s come with a big swing, ok. Boom! This is when I thought
I have to go all out. So the block was here, and I just came here with my elbow, bang!
Took him out; he was done, ok. And then, the other guy he came along, same thing. They
always go for that haymaker. And all I did was I go here…boom! A nice clothesline.
That could be seen as a tenshio-nage, but this time was a block, bang! I just went through.
This was a scenario where I thought ok, I need to do something here. There’s 20 of them;
I need to damage some people. Because what it resulted in me damaging a few people and
everyone just like “Woah” you know what I’m saying. Everybody just backed off once they
saw these people on the floor. They backed off. I’ve also been in the scenario where
one guy threw a punch, and as I blocked, I’ve just gone here, and I was able to take him
down and just hold him there until more security came and then took him out but like I say,
it gave me a choice. The last time I punched somebody in the face, me and a colleague,
big guy, he came at me, I moved here, I punched him here, bang! I had teeth marks in my hand.
My hand was bleeding. I had to go for a tetanus shot. I didn’t want to take any chances. So
that’s why I love aikido. It gives me choice. I don’t necessarily have to – I don’t always
have to punch, I don’t always have to kick, but in a situation where I feel like I’m overwhelmed,
I can go all out and truly damage somebody whether it’s an elbow, or even some punches
and a elbow, and something different here to finish them off, but it gives me choice.
That’s why I love aikido. And for me, it’s the best martial art for what I do. Thank
you Ondrej.



    Im not saying Aikido is the est martial art……….But i decided on that as a title anyway lol I like the fact theres not skirts and just a gi which is a step in the right direction. This is Ju Jitsu though not Aikido. Aikido was all about Samurais training to disarm blades.

  • Tiger Tamer

    I find both the title and thumbnail misleading considering the first thing you said was pretty much “I’m not saying aikido is the best martial art.”

  • Clint Allert

    Love those moves man. Post more!!🙂

  • Danny Thorne

    That's why I have always said that learning multiple disciplines is very important and practical. Different situations call for different types of self defense. Bottom line is everyone has to do what works best for yourself.

  • karl wagner

    im a 3 Dan Shotokan Karateka . I have 43 Years of experience in SHOTOKAN on my shoulders. i do not  mean to offence any Body…i have met AIKIDO, NINZA, TAEK WON DO,  WA DO RYU,  and lately a very good boxer….NO ONE COULD STAND MY MAE GERI !IN JAPAN THE BUDOKAS USE TO SAY THAT AIKIDO IS AN ART OF FIGHTING FOR OLD PEOPLE….PLEASE …..ket us get serious……!!…THERE IS NO KOMPARISON …..!TRY to stop a KISAMI TSUKI or an URAKEN UCHI, or an USHIRO GERI …which is speeding towards your face with an AIKIDO technic..!!???HOW ??? YOU CAN NOT SEE IT MY DEAR !!So please Show some respect also to the other BUDOKAS. I ve got my Dan graduations from JKA under MASATOSHI NAKAYAMA , MASAHIKO TANAKA  AND YASUJIUKI FUGINAGA….. 43 years of Training only  with Japanese INSTRUCTORS…At any case i wish Good luck to all Aikido fighgters…THEZ WILL NEED IT !!Oss

  • Jupiter Rueda de Leon

    I agree

  • Blake Bradshaw

    This shit not the best martial art come on bro 🤣🤣

  • Ilya K.

    and in another video this guy says that aikido wont work on the street…..hm

  • manuferreri

    Dude:"Now i wanna stress i'm not saying aikido is the best martial art"
    Title: "Why Aikido is the Best Martial Art"

    p i k a c h u f a c e

  • Mortgage Financing

    Why Aikido is the Best Martial Art ? it doesnt even work

  • Andy Longmore

    As par usual, a well explained video. Real world experience to boot, how many videos on YouTube can say that! Its all tap tap blah blah, an someone gets seriously hurt from a educational video by someone having a opponent coming at them in a certain way! Great videos keep them coming

  • Disney Vacation Family

    Great video… very real and sensible… probably the best presentation of support for a discipline I have seen 👍

  • youness el azzaoui

    he means bullshito

  • Mundo do Autoconhecimento

    Sou ex faixa preta de aikido e tenho mais duas faixas pretas, sendo, quinto Dan em kempo. Bem, aikido é uma bela arte marcial, sem dúvida. Mas infelizmente peca na forma como trata o ataque. É tudo muito irreal. Mas tem muito mérito por ser uma escola para a vida.

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  • Kni ght

    I love Shotokan Karate

  • miroslavsafin

    best slo-mo martial art ! too bad life doesn't move in slo mo …

  • Coolio

    Title of the video : why aikido is the best martial art
    Opens the video by saying “ im not saying aikido is the best martial art but… “

  • ReaLmz

    Theres is no best Martial Arts yall 0biviously Have Lots 2 Learn..!

  • Angel Mirchev

    I have 2 problems with this. 1 is that the video started off believable and it shifted to some claims I have a hard time believing which in turn makes me question the legitimacy of the stuff I did believe. And 2 if you want to learn a leverage art that is actually proven to work and doesn't require striking why not do judo?

  • Tyler Dickey

    "I'm not saying Aikido is the best martial art"
    Names video Why Aikido is the Best Martial Art

  • Billy Hitchcock

    Wow deji has some sick moves should’ve used them against Jake Paul

  • Dainer Duff-Dings

    Learn BJJ its better for self defense

  • Rodrigo Inacio

    Lmao 😂 Right , only works against drunk people that have no idea what the he’ll they’re doing!

  • East Afrika

    Aikido and BJJ have worked for me well too, added to my boxing.

  • Colby Haynes

    So how many of these stories do you guys actually believe?? 😂😂

  • Colby Haynes

    This is such bullshit

  • Francesco G.

    This is because your a big dude and stronger than most common folk. Try dragging someone a bit larger than you out the club in a come along hold. Aint happening, youd be better served with grappling arts of the ground wrestling type

  • Amir C

    Not even Ufc champions boast like this dumbass lol

  • Matty Cross

    in reality the real problem is that if someone throws a punch at you they will throw a second one and even if u do grab their hand when u get punched in the head your brain takes a long enough time to make a proper response that your going to get beat in all honesty so far you mustve gotten lucky and my advice is to use BJJ OR JUDO if u think that punching people in the face is not an option

  • HankHill757

    I like what you said, “It gives you choice”. There is no one best martial art for every situation. Every art has its place.

  • Brandon Dean

    Aikido simply is just not practical when your opponent is giving you any resistance whatsoever. Maybe it works on drunk people

  • Dr. Psycho

    If you believe Aikido works then you've never been in a real fight

  • Dimitris Thanassas

    Good points. Boxing also gives choice: you can body-punch, hit the liver, or the ribs, or the groin, without causing visible damage. If you don't want to use/damage your fists, you can do palm strikes as well. Boxing is also effective against multiple attackers

  • J C

    Is ok but I’ll take Judo instead. It works for you on a defensive way.

  • RomanCupid 95

    For the same reason any style is the best martial art: It works for whoever hones it and uses it properly.

  • DRTB12

    as the great Bruce Lee said the best style is no style at all adopt as many as you can.

  • David Tice

    Aikido is a part of martial arts but why limit yourself.

  • David Tice

    This is good though.

  • Justin Gild

    I don't know much about Aikido but it seems like every technique he executed is found in your garden variety Jujitsu system.

  • jose angel abella

    Yuo are wright. Only a question, please speak more slow. I don´t understand english well. Thanks a lot.

  • Nikushimi

    Aikido tanımadan böbürlenen ve atıp tutanlara sadece gülüyorum… Çok komiksiniz… Bazılarının anlayabileceğinin üstündedir Aikido..

  • Delmar Simpson

    Obviously dont know about ameridote

  • Tino Kraft

    Aikido is not a martial art. No fighting involved in this sport. I would liken it to yoga and fight perfornances (like wushu). I'm not bashing Aikido but it's really wrong to say that you learn any fighting in this art. I used to do it for 6 years, and I remember I always felt very calm and good when leaving the dojo but it didn't prepare me for fights of any kind.

  • Eric Johnson

    tazer knuckles are the best martial art. heard you loud and clear.

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  • CoolTrixs

    I see…what a double leg take down?

  • Luca T-B

    No offence it’s not, spar with any wrestler, you’ll realize it doesn’t really work

  • Brandon

    Until you get taken down

  • XuanDric Entertainment

    The title should be Aikido is the best martial arts against drunk people

    His belt wrote Karate 空手道

  • 55dbau

    Nice sharing, you are a gentleman, but I still wouldn't mess with you. 🙂

  • DH Crlax

    Aikido alone is useless. It need to be paired with something like thai boxing, karate, taekwondo, or something of the sort.

  • just nii

    well its not

  • אייל שניידר

    Iot of life wisdom.

  • Blue Plane

    Good style.

  • wuaffiliate

    Hahahah this is hilarious to anyone who trains real martial arts.

    Aikido is basically pray the guy who is attacking you knows nothing about fighting. If someone comes at you with any wrestling knowledge you are flopping on your back until you're asleep.

    Aikido is the only "martial art" you know, that is not the same as the best martial art for what you do.

  • 0713mas

    It's not bahahahaahaha!!!!!!!

  • El Principe

    Please share how aikido will deflect a bullet

  • Rumbly

    why bullshido is the best martial art

  • DragoonBoom

    Ondrej is all like "yep, gonna let myself get wrecked on film, but first I gotta… stand… here………."

  • dealmenow

    The proof is that there are a ton of top UFC fighters that use aikido. Oh wait…….

  • Gelman Cortes

    It looks more like Jiu-Jitsu to me but a good video.

  • Bushido Brown baby

    Bjj. Period.

  • Josh Clabe

    Funny, I have seen a novice puncher knockout his opponent. I have seen a navy veteran (not a seal) armbar his opponent in a fight, I have seen a novice judo player hip throw his opponent. I've never seen a pudgy black man use aikido to 86 someone from a bar. Let alone 2…..

  • Josh Clabe

    How long is the b roll?

  • Pure

    Akido is the best martial art, because you'll never get injured training it since it doesn't work.

  • The Culture & Anarchy Podcast

    After two decades of various martial arts, I can honestly say: the best martial art is the one that interests you enough to train daily. If an art can’t keep your interest on that level, it’s not the best.

  • Akapa Supay

    Just came here to see which dick head was going to mention the cage lmfaooo

  • KJ Torrance

    Why aikido is the best martial art for people who are ok with dying in a fight

  • Polski Polak

    Title : Why aikido is the best martial art?
    Brazilian ju-jitsu and everything excluding aikido : WHEEZE

  • Ciper

    Nice to see Aikido application in the real world.

  • steve brindle

    It's not! Aikido is mediocre at best. I am 66yrs old and have trained in martial arts since my late teens, !5yrs Wing Chun, 20 yrs WTF TKD and now Shotokan, with 20yrs of Yoga mixed in to help my flexibility. It's down to the man or woman practicing the art and people who claim their art is the best are like children really!

  • Amine Mouh

    2:40 ouch! the story he was telling must've been too long XD

  • Bösartiger Wolf

    Aikido is still bulshit ! ! !

  • Yōshanai

    Those 2 are great teachers.

  • T S

    All theses martial arts seem like you need lighting speed to be able to react.

  • gladiator legs

    It’s not!!! There are zeros offensive moves…when/if you are being attacked, the criminals don’t stop because you flip them over or “control” their wrists…looks great on vid but not practical…if it’s so practical, why isn’t it the choice in mma?

  • Nlmb. J

    Laughs in taekwondo and bjj

  • Mo Spartacus

    Ich finde das Video nicht schlecht, doch ich denke solche "sampften Mittel" kann man sich bei einem ernst zunehmendem Gegner nicht erlauben.

  • James On Al

    your body taller and has enough weight, you are stronger , yeah on these conditions you can use aikido easly and nicely , but for a short and weak people they must push and their techniques must be perfect , soo for you may be aikido is good , and believe me getting get that close to someone with sharp things is not good idea , you are using your both hands just for a technique and for a person is not good idea , aikido really works , but pls think logically , and first protect your body

  • Carl Tomacruz

    You clickbaiting bastard. You claim that aikido is the best martial art while denying it at the same time.

  • Andres De Sanchez

    Why aikido the worst martial art *

  • ben chang

    Ching Ching Bang is super effective. Says my 9mm.


    I laughed so hard

  • Mr G

    The evolution of mma is the evolution of what actually works and is practical in hand to hand combat. It's the most expressive combat sport. Aikido might have some good techniques but what is understood now is that it requires an awareness and a training in multiple different martial arts to be MORE effective than just one disciple. wrestling, jiu jitsu, boxing, muay thai, etc.. A black belt in aikido with only specialized training in aikido would not be successful in a street fight against an individual who has the same amount of training and experience as the aikido person but with their training being in mma. My opinion.

  • Dominic Brown

    Lol, all these Aikido dudes have the same physique as a potato.

  • Damien Howell

    Best martial art lol haven't heard such misinformed info in quiet a while

  • AmericanBulldogFit

    Keep traditional martial arts alive. Not all of us are interested in competitive fighting sports. I've worked security in nightclubs for 18 years. Having the police show up at the end of your shift to arrest you is shit. Really, really fucking stupid. Control, restrain, and inflict pain (if need be). That's my idea of training martial arts. My choices have been bjj, wrestling (Greco and Olympic), and boxing.

  • joeyripswell

    akido vs bjj Roy Dean. blackbelt vs black belt…

    the evidence is clear

  • Tempestni02

    Aikido is obsolete. It was created hundreds of years ago for Samurai warriors to fight multiple targets on the battlefield. It serves no purpose in today's world.

  • De Profundis

    …..it's not.

  • NerdSweeper

    Title: Why Aikido is the Best Martial Art
    First minute: "…I'm not saying Aikido is the best martial art…"

  • Kag Fre

    Empty your cup. Aikido is gives you options that you don't have in a stand and bang mindset. What if you don't want a lawsuit, or to break a jaw, or to win without someone's blood on your new shirt. Aikido can work in any element. Maybe a veteran would understand this.

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  • Jimmy Scarfo D'Cortino

    Hahahaha hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tomáš Kubalak

    Groin grab is always the solution in a fight

  • gasho 69

    Very good. 🙏

  • Meruem sama

    I'm not saying Aikido is the best martial art.

    Title of the video: Why Aikido is th Best Martial Art

  • danny sell

    Soooo, this guy is trying to tell me that in all Of these times he was attacked the person came with one blow stopped and held it there for him to perform his move? Most people are gonna go nuts throwing as many blows as quick as they can wildly. I’m not trying to hate but it just doesn’t seem realistic to me. I have been in many fights in my almost 50 years and people just don’t attack with a punch and then just leave their arm there to be attacked and all of this guys many many attackers supposedly did just that.

  • H/oeujdm Ghsnhdhxj

    Because if your opponent uses it your almost Guaranteed a win


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