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Old 09-19-2006, 12:14 PM   #12
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Dojo: New School Aikido
Location: Stockton, CA
Join Date: May 2002
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Re: 7 year old applies self defense

My response would be this:

Look, defending yourself is not the wrong thing to do. Defending yourself with unnecessary violence would be wrong. Most schools will talk a big story about "zero-tolerance", but IME tolerate bullies and punish those who defend themselves.

Using Aikido to defend yourself without a violent response puts the school administrators in the position where the have no choice but to apply consequences to the bullies and are hard-pressed to justify punishment of the person defending themselves. This, IMO, is absolutely the Right Thing To Do.

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