Christian Moses wrote:
It's funny how often the things that we are most scared of don't feel scary when we are in the midst of them.
It's sort of like a fear of public speaking... the best way around it is to do a lot of public speaking and the fear tends to go away. I think the Aikido dojo's that have regular end-of-class freestyle practice will tend to do a lot to help people get used to adrenaline rush and how to handle it in a real confrontation like you mentioned. In that sense, the idea of taking Aikido to help reconcile some perfectly normal "fears" isn't wrong.