Re: "Cheating" to survive a real fight
This thread makes me think about the meaning of Aikido, The Art of Peace. I don't think too much about how I would use aikido TECHNIQUE in a fighting situation. However, I think A LOT about how my training could keep me OUT of such a situation in the first place, perhaps even down to being able to move out of the way of an attack long enough to get away.
I am certainly no expert on atemi, but, at least in my training, I see it mostly as a distraction and a way to control the person's energy rather than a fighting technique.
Just some thoughts from the peacenik...