Thread: knife defenses
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:21 AM   #31
Location: Maidenhead
Join Date: Dec 2000
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United Kingdom
It does worry me that aikido can give people an exaggerated view of their capabilities when it comes to self defence. I think full-on randori is often the best way to break through these sorts of delusions, especially if something like a magic marker is used.

It is something I have been thinking about a lot since starting a dojo, where most new students put 'self-defence' at the top of their list of reasons to start. I think in future I will explain that "I am teaching a martial art, not self-defence. There is a significant difference, although one may contribute to your ability in the other."


Justin McCarthy
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