by Tony Wilden
(Bognor Regis, West Sussex, UK)
Yes, I think Aikido can be a very effective method of self defence. The practise of the art teaches many ways to completely avoid and deal with various types of confrontation.
It also shows students how to stay calm and relaxed, as they experience difficult circumstances in their lives.
By being nice to everyone you deal with in life, certainly reduces the chance of finding yourself in an aggressive situation.
Also, the techniques show how to deal with an attacker - correct distance, distraction, atemi strikes, control or throw, the options are almost endless.
I think many Aikido students believe that they have the skills to deal with a violent attack, but unfortunately are likely to fail in their attempt to defend themselves.
Well, training in a nice cosy dojo, with friends, who only offer a half-hearted or telegraphed attack is easy to defend against. Also students may be led to believe that their blocks and parries will be successful... as they 'Always Work' in the training hall.
OK, now imagine yourself in a street combat situation, with one or more violent and aggressive attackers bearing down on you.
You'll experience the fear of being badly hurt. Adrenaline will be flowing through your veins, and all of the complex techniques that you have worked on will disappear from your mind.
So... what do you do?
Stay calm and flow with your attackers energy, while using minimum force to control them. Come on, only the very best Aikido instructors or students have a chance to succeed in this way.
I am not among them... are YOU?
Yes, I believe that Aikido offers you all of the tools to be very successful in an aggressive street confrontation, but you must train them in a particular way to be truly prepared.
A true warrior chooses not to harm their attackers, but must know how to, and in the worst possible circumstances.
The main point of my comments here are to make sure you are really prepared to defend yourself, rather than just think you are!
Once you are sure of this, then you can turn your attention to the
more important lessons of Aikido... harmony, love and peace.
Studying Aiki principles can help you to Speed Up your learning curve. Remember that... Action is the KEY to Your Success :)
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