First instinct on seeing what the
thread is called was - no, but a jcb could!!
After reading a bit more
, I didn't take aikido with any thought of learning self defence. Initially it was a way of getting exercise whilst using my brain!! I still don't think of where I am as being anywhere ready to use it in self defence, however, I am much more aware of things when I am out and about - so I guess that is in itself a self defence application of some small sort!!