[QUOTE]Originally posted by joesixpack:
I notice whilst everyone was agreeing, you failed to mention

escapes from holds

escapes from chokes

escapes from pins

Pre emptively striking, jabbing, crossing hooking and uppercutting nor will jumping spinning kicks work here.

Six or so techniques to be effective?

Against who?

Not all of the techniques mentioned above are Aikido techniques. I'm a shotokan practioner and let me tell you don't judge Aikido by the way it looks soft. It's very effective, it has the longest wartime history than any other martial art. You don't need not fancy spin kick and excessively powerful moves to control and opponent or win a fight. The art of throwing alone can injure or even kill a person. (Depending on how hard they land)