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?
From my very limited perspective, I think the goal is to move in a way that requires minimal effort and that results in your attacker being projected away or neutralized.
I don't think there's anything inherent in that that says I should try to cradle my attacker so that he doesn't hurt himself. As far as I can tell, again from my limited experience, the whole "minimize damage to the attacker" ethic thing is a false construct.
So, I voted "not very important".