Re: Poll: How well taught is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?
One of our sensei is a police inspector. Oddly enough, he knows a fair deal about self defense...
However, martial arts (what the style) is just one tool to help oneself be safe. There are others: know you enemy (IE: read statistics, know which areas are dangerous, etc...), being aware of your surrounding and many others.
Hell, all this has been said before in more eloquent terms than mine.