|Aikido ,Self Defence, washing up & the movies||
Tonight whilst washing the dishes I had this thought ..
As a comparative newcomer to Aikido (say up to 5 years practice) if you were to encounter a real incident in the street, with your training in mind, you would try to respond in an Aiki way because you believe in the system of ethics attached to Aikido, and because you are above "brawling". However this would not be your "natural" response. The likely result (though not definitely) would be that your Aikido would fail you, whereas if you had done the natural thing i.e lashed out or run like crazy, you may have been better off. No-one can criticize you for trying to do the right thing but this theoretical scenario, I believe, demonstrates Aikido's limitation as a form of self defence.
Having spent considerable more time practicing Aikido
(at least 10 years, much more in my case!!!), I believe it becomes ingrained
into your very being and therefore becomes your natural response
So please don't be misled into believing that after 3 months of Aikido training that you will fare better on the streets, because the truth is that you will probably fare worse!!. However stick at it for 20 years or so and you may be in with a half chance trouble is, by then you won't really give a toss about self-defense!. This is one of the many paradoxes of the martial arts.
As a secondary train of thought
The above is my personal opinion, and occurred
to me whilst washing up so feel free to question my dubious reasoning.
But please don't give me any stories such as
" my friend had
been practicing aikido for just two weeks when she was set upon by 3 youths
.blah, blah, blah,
just shows how effective shihonage really is!"
coz I just won't believe it, I've seen enough of this crap from American
contributors to internet forums. No!, life is not just like the movies,
unless you happen to be Steven Seagal!!!
Tony Hughes - Nidan - Assistant instructor ,Koshinkan