Originally posted by DancesWithGhost
i would love to hear from anyone who has been in a violent situation, as to whether they used aikido and to what effect?
Lets see, I've known a number of people who've had to use Aikido in a self defense capacity off the mat. Myself included.
Last christmas eve I was on my way to work in the morning, I was a few minutes late I had forgotten my watch and so checked the time on my mobile phone before I got onto the underground. Someone saw me as I was putting it back in my pocket, grabbed my right shoulder and demanded that I give him my phone, to which I politely replied 'no'. He asked again and then attempted to punch me in the lower abdomen, I responed with some sort of kokyunage (not exactly sure which one I wasn't paying attention), his legs came up from under him until he was practically horizontal in the air at roughly my chest height, then he fell straight down on his back making a very satisfying thump as he hit the pavement.
I went and caught my train and was only about ten minutes late in the end. As far as I could tell (as I was walking away to get my train) he wasn't hurt just a bit dazed, and confused as to how exactly he'd ended up on the floor.
So if someone says that the attacks in Aikido don't happen 'on the street' i.e. holding the wrist or the shoulder etc.. I usually just tell them that story