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?
What makes this "entirely realistic" is the relativistic terminology of "minimizing" and "goal." To minimize is to do as little as possible. The greater we become in our awareness of Aikido, the easier it is to manifest the goal and make it more and more possible. We must train in every moment of our lives and as well as we can, that we may encounter more and more difficult situations and still make them win-win situations.