Re: Straw Poll, Aikido & Self Defense
I went to the web site and checked, no it doesn't promote.
Back home my sensei was always clear on the difference, and ran self defence courses that she recommended beginners attend. Not that I think Aikido cannot be effective for self defence, I firmly believe it can, but not in the short term for those just starting out. Last thing you want is a beginner thinking they can do a nice kotegeashi on an attacker with a knife!