Richard Langridge wrote:
[...] as a beginner I suspect it would be the first thing that came to mind to use if I needed it.
*sigh* Then you'll probably not pull it off against a serious attacker. No, I am really not interested in anecdotal evidence. I am talking statistics here.
If you have the misfortune to be in a place of danger, without the opportunity to run to safely and cannot diffuse the situation with words, then your best bet is to let your body do whatever technique it feels like. This is how you become good at martial arts: you train hard to teach your body how to act without you having to give muscles groups orders. The former is fast, the latter slow.
Mu shin, mu gamae -- no mind, no posture.
/just a thought.