Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?
The comments about & by women are very instructive. I agree that women are actually much more at risk for violence every day and Brenda's response is a good insight into Aikido's 'martial' aspect. When men think of martial they think 'war', 'battle', 'aggression'. It is good to appreciate the women's take on 'martial' - ? security, ?vigilance, ?protection, ?solidarity in the face of aggression. It reminds me of discussions recorded earlier about the feminine/masculine duality in aikido.