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Old 10-28-2011, 05:51 PM   #1617
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Re: Aikido does not work at all in a fight.

Roger Flatley wrote: View Post
This is an interesting situation, in that you utilized your training to stay calm and overcame the violence by virtue of that, rather than by physical force. However, that just means you used Aikido to avoid a fight, not to win it. The other incident you did use actual moves, which were apparently effective. That is telling in itself. But it's also worth noting that those Laotian youths were probably only trying to get your money, and not necessarily trying to do you great harm. So again, was this a "fight" in which you were the victor, or just an event where you were able to neutralize the situation? I'm not trying to take anything away from what you did, because you seemed to have handled it very well in both circumstances.
Maybe the "victory" is in being able to neutralize the situation without a "fight?"

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