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?
I'd say that they are two seperate things.
Defending yourself...realistic and very important.
Minimizing damage to your attacker...laudable, but it should not interfere with the First Law (above).
As a goal, "Minimizing Damage" is great; in that far future when I understand what is going on and can control the situation by a look. Realistic...probably depends on the person.
I wonder, however, how many of us have the training to make this a personal goal in a confrontation *right now*. I certainly don't. As Si said..."better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6".