Aikido is a wonderful art that you can really enjoy training at any age. It’s like Yoga and if you fall in love with it it can make you happy. But, using Aikido in a self defense is not practical at all. It’s been tested for numerous times and it proved that Aikido simply doesn’t work against most martial arts today. Especially grappling martial arts.
In this video we can see Aikido instructor in a grappling match against Turkish wrestler.
Check Jocko Willink’s, former Navy Seal, opinion on Real Martial Arts vs Fake martial arts.
You can also check this Grand Master in Grappling And Aikido and a lot of other martial arts with 12 Black Belts.