Hey guys. My name is Carlos. I'm an advanced aikidoka but there is something that its really bothering me lately. As an advanced student of Aikido it affects me to see how Aikido has gone from a true martial art to just an art. By this I mean that the way aikido is taught in the Aikikai is WRONG!!!!. They waste too much time teaching nonsense techniques that don not have any application whatsoever. And they make students wait until their black belts to start teaching weapons disarming and jo waza, tachi waza, tanto waza which is what aikido is for!!!!!! (take a look at the techniques for testing in the aikido federation and u will see what i mean). Shouldn't it be better if we started teaching this amazing and useful techniques at an early stage just like Iwama Ryu does????. Is the real true meaning of aikido as a MARTIAL art lost forever?????. Let me know what you guys think please. To conclude let me just repeat what Take sensei once said ..."lets not forget that Aikido is the martial art of the samurai".