Re: Poll: How physically effective do you think aikido is against a real knife attack
I tend to agree with Dave Valadez' comments. It is about training the mind and the body to develop the warrior mentality and toughness. Focusing on the actual attack is irrelevant, because on any given day, and depending on the circumstances you may lose or win.
Losing and winning depend on your perspective of life, how you live it, and the actions that you choose.
After all that, it helps to have technical skills sometimes for sure, but this is secondary to the other stuff and may not matter at all depending upon the situation.