Re: Poll: How realistic a goal do you feel is the "aikido" notion of defending yourself while minimizing or negating damage done to your attacker?
It very much depends on the attack!
There is a world of difference between the drunk who telegraphs a hay-maker a you, and the guy with a knife threatening you, your wife and/or kids.
There are situations where it is kill or be killed - I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6!!!