If I had to think of one thing I would change about Aikido it would be the rep it has built as a passive art! Just like any style of Martial art Aikido has evolved to fit the times, and just like other styles it is based on a spiritual backround. Nihon Goshin Aikido has adapted to a more violent age, in this style gone is the idea that you can end a confrontation in a peaceful manner, we are taught to beat our attackers with a number of defences that are meant to severly disable them. The only thing we take from Usheba(?) is the skill of blending and using your attackers energy against him by redirecting him in a circular motion. I respect all styles and this is only meant to open people up to the fact that Nihon Goshin Aikido is real, in the dojo I have been knocked out when I messed up and I have had my bell rung alot in the begining, that is because we train for real street style attacks. please check us out at Aikidoinc.com.