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Old 02-08-2007, 06:46 PM   #25
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: I Need Aikido ?'s Answered PLEASE!

Chuck Kuske wrote:
One of our members just retired from the NYPD; he used to handle domestic disputes. He HAS been attacked shomenuchi; the woman had a frying pan.
Once again a traditional aikido attack employed in the "real world" and with a weapon no less. Hmmm? I wonder why?

Joseph Bowen wrote:
This pigeonholes the definition of a fight once again, excluding multiple attackers and weapons.
Good point.

Joseph Bowen wrote:
Jim Sorrentino wrote:
Can aikido be an effective method of self-defense? Yes. Aikido forms the basis of many law enforcement and correctional systems unarmed self-defense programs. The key to effective self-defense training is cultivation of the proper attitude.
Can we ignore the testimony and observations of our fellow aikido practitioners who employ their aikido as part of their law enforcement careers?
Law enforcement situations cannot be said to be self-defense, because it is their chosen profession to go to the danger, while in self-defense avoidance is primary. Also, police are almost always armed with several weapons (pepper spray, flashlight, baton, taser, knife, gun), so they seldom face truly unarmed situations. Police tend not to engage one-on-one either. Aikido techniques and strategies find much more usefulness in the way that police use them, than the guy who is trying to fit them into a one-on-one barehanded scenario.

"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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