Thank you for the comments everyone. It's very interesting to read some of the comments on "real world aikido" ( http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...350#post197350
) and trying to think about what happened. Not quite sure if it really is relevant. If anything, all the martial training that I have had and few the situations that I have been in where I have had to rely on my training, seems to have shown me that awareness and preparedness goes a long way to make sure you don't have to fight because you never put yourself in that position in the first place - that of a victim of violence or possible violence.
Train hard and have fun