Re: Poll: How physically dangerous are the techniques of aikido?
I put very dangerous because I think they are potentially very dangerous, however it all depends on context. Deaths which have occurred in aikido are generally from people hitting the back of their head after a throw. Also, many of the techniques can be used whilst holding a knife/sword and involve killing the opponent. However aikido is generally practised in a way in which, in the modern society, you can restrain or sometimes throw an attacker without casuing much harm at all (throws can be more dangerous especially if the attack is very hard and fast).