Re: Aikido And Self- Defense
Aloha Bratzo (Did I get your name right from memory?),
Aikido is of course multi-faceted. One of the things I believe about Aikido is that it is an *intelligent" martial art. As I see it, extra care went into it beyond most other martial arts. I suspect that are those who firmly believe that superior brute force and hardcore hands on brutal combat experience cannot be overcome. The animal side of man versus the strategic intelligent side of man argument.
Clearly it comes down as usual to a fine balance between the two to achieve the optimum outcome. An intelligent being *with* the ability to unleash any amount of brutality instinctivly that a given situation calls for, but who otherwise does not seek to promote themselves as a brute animal.
Peace, Justice & Love.