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.
Maybe later we can talk about what we should have done or what could have happened.
By practicing being here, now, we develop awareness for when something feels off. Our neck hairs may prickle or our ears pick up a strange vibration. Maybe the air smells different or we catch a flash out of the corner of our eye…or maybe we notice a change of tone or nuance of body language.
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. The situation will provide the details we need to get to resolution and safety.
"There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment."
― Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai