Re: Just how real is violence? And where does Aikido stands in all of this?
It's like what I, as a geriatric nurse case manager, say when well-intentioned professionals want to discuss "fall prevention" : no such thing. Let's talk "risk reduction."
Some places are inherently riskier and some behaviors are inherently riskier and for most of us learning to survive falling is probably the greater benefit in terms of percentages of occurrance of aikido training than surviving being attacked.
But random things can and do happen.