Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?
I carry a pistol, so why study aikido?
I can easily kill, so why work so hard learning a 'soft' martial art?
Because strength gives us freedom. Brenda's example is excellent.
Not only women are vulnerable. I was brutalized as a child by a psychotic father.
Not so black and white is it? Should I have killed him? Run away and left brother and sister vulnerable? Those of you who have fought for your lives will never train without considering martial effectiveness.
But not killing is also valuable. My brother and sister and I are alive, and I am not in jail, or a psycho ward.
Peace - and it's not trivial when I say it. Peace is earned.