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Old 12-18-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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Dojo: Aikikai Tanshinjuku/Lafayette, CO
Location: Westminster, CO
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 28
Re: Hello, I am david

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
Welcome to aikido, Dave!

Re: aikido and self-defense, aikido is great, but it isn't a quick path to mugger-proofing yourself. I'd suggest supplementing it by developing other skills such as situational awareness. I've never had to use aikido for self-defense, but situational awareness has gotten me/kept me out of problem situations many times. Aikido's the backup, so far my primary hasn't failed.
I couldn't agree with Mary more. It will most likely be years before you are skilled enough to use Aikido in a situation like you described. Situational Awareness is great but also the realization that your wallet and watch are cheap compared to getting seriously injured. I think you did great to come out in one piece. Good job and enjoy your path with Aikido.


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