I always thought of Aikido as a beautifully choreographed yoga/meditation rather than MA. Is it wrong to think that all this choreography fails in street fights or in MA? All the wrist manipulation which plays a dramatic role will only work on relaxed or unsuspecting target imo. This makes it obsolete versus a "ready to go" boxer or kick-boxer etc.
I have seen a video where an aikido practitioner tries to lock a student of MA with no luck, since the opponent was tense.
I have watched a 3 round fight with aikido practitioner vs a thai boxer, and after 2 rounds the aikido practitioner just resorted to open palm type strikes and "flailing jeet kune do type kicks" with no avail, instead of trying to catch/lock/throw his opponent.
I've been searching to no end for material or video where true aikido techniques are used in a full on sparring contest, to how it's shown to us during presentations.
So the question is : Is Aikido effective outside of the "Aikido realm"? (no hate, just my personal opinion and views)