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Old 06-27-2006, 09:46 PM   #31
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Re: Poll: Does aikido contain any physical principles not present in any other budo?

Mark Uttech wrote:
You don't protect the attacker by letting him/her beat the daylights out of you. That is but another extreme.
I believe that you can protect your attacker by stopping him/her from beating the daylights or killing you. Your initial response to the attack is to protect yourself then protect your attacker.
There is a hierarchy of responses you can have that starts at the top with awareness to prevent being in situations where you can be attacked, to a situation where you have to eliminate the attacker to protect yourself. There are different degrees of responses in between those two.
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