Aikido is a great martial art. WPMAF actually encurage people to study the fantastic aspects included in this martial art. It is not a competition and have to be accepted for that.
Aikido is not a direct self defense system or a combat sport. It is not a sport. Aikido is an art; and have to be judged as one. Many critical voicies have been appearing recently, but they miss the most important point. This is an art, and used traditionally as an art it does not work in a street fight, but accomocated it will work. Aikido include a lot of profound knowledge that is lost in tha majority of martial arts. WPMAF recommend persons that want to cross train to select Aikido as the mental forming martial art.