Re: Mixing Aikido with other martial arts
I would hope at that point that all bets are off. However, lawyers can better give advice on the whole escalation of force issue. It is a tough one for sure!
One thing for certain, as your skills increase, that is the ability to control a situation, the more responsibility you have to use minmal force.
If the plantif can establish that you had other options that were available that were less damaging, then it doesn't matter what you did or didn't do, you just lost!
I think the techniques they probably use allow for one to establish a degree of objective reasonableness, so all will understand how a prudent and reasonable person should respond.