Colleen, I personally have no idea how I would react but I don't think trying to save your own life is acting out of "inadequacy."
I think it is matter of your own ethics how to act as well as your martial ability, If you really thought you would be able to disarm the attacker and disable him with minimal harm that would certainly be great.
Otherwise you would unfortunately have to consider ending it badly.
I am sure that if I ever had to kill someone I would be bothered by it for the rest of my life. I certainly dont take any of this lightly.
Unfortunately, in this scenerio I think I would be killed either way since I am not experienced in Aikido.
Last edited by virginia_kyu : 08-30-2002 at 06:48 AM.