Re: Did Aikido fail you in "real life"?
I have in the past worked in a school for violent high school students. Keep in mind I am 5'6" at 170 lbs. Most of my students were very much larger. My aikido never failed me. It avoided problems, it resolved problems, it protected me, and it restrained dangerous students. I cannot punch or kick a student, no matter the situation. Aikido is perfect for teachers! You would be amazed at how leading an attacher in a spiral will stop him willingness to attack. Aikido is far more than a set of techniques, it is a process for dealing with life. My $.02.