Re: Effectiveness of Aikido in a combat situation
Because this is a common theme that comes up in, at least American culture. Many movies, books and television shows here have a long history of selling the notion that dealing with school bully problems meant enlisting the training of Martial arts.
Take a look at the Movie the Karate kid. There is a sociological reason that this movie was such a big hit during the eighties. So many people could identify with it, or wanted to identify with it.
The time during a young boy's development leaves lasting psychological roots. It's like the nerd in high school who can't seem to move past the teasing he endured even years after. I think Martial Arts is a way to deal with the fear that they felt. It's an internal announcement to one's self that they never want to feel that helpless again.