Re: If there was ONE thing...
Your aikido instructor probably isn't a home defense expert. He will teach you what techniques he thinks will help you best understand aikido at your level of development. That's his job, and that's what he's qualified for. In general, an aikido dojo probably isn't the best place to look for immediately useful home defense skills.
Keeping a phone and perhaps a weapon near your bed will likely be much more useful to you in a home invasion scenario than anything you'll ever learn in a martial arts club. If, however, you feel you really need hand-to-hand combat skills and you need them now, you need to find a club that will offer you the opportunity to train against alive, realistic resistance -- that probably means something other than aikido.
Last edited by OwlMatt : 05-07-2014 at 12:03 AM.