Re: Poll: How realistic a goal do you feel is the "aikido" notion of defending yourself while minimizing or negating damage done to your attacker?
I have never thought of myself as a nutty fairy certainly. We train because most of us certainly are not at the skill level of O Sensei. The point was that idealy , with enough training it could be possible in some situations to avoid conflict entirely which is the why we train in the first place. We learn to physically unbalance attacks( which involves touching) but if we are able to allow the attaker to unbalance themselves, is that not just as good or better? To learn the attacks and defenses , we had better be touching one another in holds or grabs or something or we are not training properly I would think.
I find this discussion most interesting and look foward to reading further responses.