This is a great video of advanced level execution of Aikido techniques. Before becoming famous for his movies, Steven Seagal was a highly respected and legitimate Aikido practitioner. As seen in this video, Aikido is an extremely effective martial art when learned, taught and applied in a realistic, practical manner. New students are not expected to perform at this level for some time.
At our academy we begin teaching the new student our Nihon Goshin Aikido Fundamentals Course. It is a basic self-defense course where we teach defenses against attacks such as arm grabs, chokes, pushes, punches and bear-hugs. We also teach the new students basic strikes such as a palm-heel, hammer-fist, elbows, and front kicks. We then slowly integrate the student into the more advanced application and execution of Aikido techniques. Enjoy the video!