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09-23-2004, 07:28 AM
Dear Aikiwebbers,
I'm interested in generating a list of real applications of aikido or self-defence situations (or even conflict resolution i.e. not just physical). The purpose being to illustrate to students that the 'faceless individual aggressor' is rarely the norm. Not sure if Jun would want to turn this into some list for aikiweb? Anyway, we've had these real situations described so many times I thought it would be good to collate them. Please, could you be brief (one short paragraph per item) and mention these points:

1. relationship with the attacker
2. number of attackers
3. unexpected things
4. how the fight escalated (or de-escalated)
5. reason for conflict (inc. if alcohol related)
6. any weapons involved
7. what you did
8. feelings during the conflict
9. feelings following the conflict

It would be great if any discussion could be put on a different thread, and this thread could just be left for factual information relating to attacks directly experienced. I'm not looking to make aikido look either good or bad - just factual (and no egos!). If they are personal things, I would appreciate the stories, but write them as an anonymous person. Even if it is very similar to someone else's story, please include it. I'll provide an example below. Many thanks to all contributors:

09-23-2004, 07:34 AM
I was in a London nightclub and had drunk about 2-3 pints of beer. I saw a large man (about 6'6" and stocky) pushing a tall skinny man across the dance floor, and blood was pouring from the skinny man's face. Thinking the large man was going to kill him, I jumped on his back and got him in a rear choke hold. At this point I realised he had a microphone in his ear, and glancing behind me I noticed another bouncer leading someone else out. Obviously they were just escorting two people who had been fighting from the club. I clambered off, and as the bouncer turned I apologised profusely with my hands and arms open. The bouncer took my wrist and held it gently in a kote-gaeshi type grip and told me I would have to be escorted out. I went peacefully with him and he led me gently from the club. During the situation I felt very little because of the adrenalin. Afterwards I felt quite happy because, despite a misunderstanding, the situation was resolved without further violence, and I was impressed with the profesionalism of the bouncer.