Re: Poll: How important a goal do you feel is the "aikido" notion of defending yourself while minimizing or negating damage done to your attacker?
how can we minimize the damage if we throw someone who can not fall ukemi ? we do atemi, mostly to the face, to perform a technique. Atemi would / could break the attackers nose or teeth if done a little hard. There can be more examples shown, like these. I don't believe in minimizing the damage, if a fight has already begun.
On the other hand, I know how harmful aikido could be, if done properly. So, to avoid any harm and to protect both of us (ourselves and the attacker), we should stay away from fighting as much as possible. No fight means no harm or damage. This is the ai side of aikido, isn't it?