Aikido is effective self-defense because we deal with what is, here, now: not what should be or what could be or what we want it to be.
Aikido helps us cut through the denial, minimization, and rationalization.
Our minds, bodies and spirits come together in the moment.
By practicing being here, now, we develop awareness for when something feels off.
We learn to believe ourselves.
We pay attention and most importantly we stay, with what is, here, now.
Aikido is effective self-defense because we are awake. We can do what we need to do to stay safe.
Aikido training helps cultivate the skills above, all of which are necessary for self defense. In addition Aikido practice will enhance all the physical skills commonly associated with being able to defend one's self.