Re: Is Aikido effective for police?
I love what you said about having children in the dojo! When I ran a school in Connecticut, my youngest child was just an infant. My wife and I brought him to class and he would watch from his car seat. If he would cry, my wife would feed him, or I would even hold him while helping students practice technique.
13 years later, he is preparing for his nidan in Shodokan Karate under Takahashi Sensei, 8th dan, and has been an Aikido student under me since I have opened my school one year ago.
Budo is about protecting our family and our community. Having them in that environment is a powerful reminder of why we do what we do. It also provided continuity into the next generation.