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06-27-2002, 05:19 PM
Hi everybody!
I've been robbed 1 year ago: two guys with one knife, late evening, full light, some cars passed but no one helped me; they didn't hurt me, but that knife next to my stomach really scared me.
Well, I just can't fix it: if I'm walking and someone cross my path, I go back to that day.

But, I can't stand it anymore: I'm trying a correct point of view (are you friend or foe?)but also the skill to defense myself, if needed.

The question is: do you think that aikido could help me?

See you


06-27-2002, 05:32 PM
Yes, Aikido can help.

It will teach you what to do in such a situation, weather it be diarming a knife or running like hell.

Cheers :-)

06-27-2002, 05:35 PM
Yes it will give you back your self confidence & you can use it for self defense, but it will take few years of training first.
:triangle: :circle: :square:

06-27-2002, 05:58 PM
Aikido will come in handy in many many many many different situations. And it's good for you too:D. It won't take that much time for results at all, it may take a few years of training until you can risk disarming someone, but until then it'll be easier to escape from them.

I personally think Aikido can help everyone.

06-27-2002, 06:32 PM
Aikido will give you a better awareness of your surroundings, but at the same time a false sense of security which will aid you getting killed or severely crippled during your next encounter with two guys with a knife.

Self defense does not equal a set of techniques that you learn, and voila, you're "safe".

Things like simulation of andrenal stress and psychological impact of real attacks, pattern interruption, etc, are not readily practiced in Aikido.
If you're truly concerned with your real ability to defend yourself, check out www.rmcat.com and www.senshido.com .

I wish I lived anywhere near either of them.

06-27-2002, 10:57 PM
Yes, Aikido can help. Also, please check with a competent counselor about your post traumatic stress (fear) on a mental and emotional level. Aikido is not counseling.

Until again,


06-29-2002, 10:22 PM
Aikido is Very powerful and could be done very effectively. The problem lies in the fact that no one is perfect.

So, if they are not going to kill you, why risk getting stabbed or killed. I’m sure all 4th dan's (4th degree black belts) as good as they might be still fudge up sometimes. yes you might be able to take the knife away, or it wont be your best technique.

my advice is to practice aikido, it will teach you many things. mainly the principles. if you practice the principles you might have been able to avoid the hole confrontation.

I have herd a news story about reporters going into the prisons and interviewing them. they asked (rapists and men convicted of robbery) who would you go after. they showed tapes of people walking down a street.
they pointed out all the men, women, and children that were not paying attention. they weren’t following the principles of aikido. the ones that said they wouldn’t attack they all (not knowing it) followed the basic principles.

Aikido can help, it will make you more confidence and more self confident.

Thank you for taking your time to read this.

If at first you need to apply an aikido technique, you already failed true aikido.
-Ben Doubleday-

06-29-2002, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by Ben_t_shodan

If at first you need to apply an aikido technique, you already failed true aikido.

Or, you know... not.

06-29-2002, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by shihonage

Or, you know... not.

if you blend with what is happening, you will not need to throw them. They will just walk away.