Brian Kagen pick: “Nonviolence in Violent Encounters?” by Marc Abrams

“When somebody engages in the violent act of assaulting another person, is it reasonable to expect the person being attacked to remain nonviolent in an attempt to defend one’s self? Where does our moral responsility lie? When does our moral responsibility begin and end?

Aikido is a unique martial art from the perspective of placing some degree of moral accountability on the Aikidoka. Moral accountability is a vague concept that can be construed in many different ways. Let us start with ourselves. We are alive and have a moral responsibility to ourselves, friends and loved ones to remain alive and part of our world. In remaining alive, we may inadvertently do so at the expense of other people. In a world with limited resources, this situation in inevitable. What about when that other person is attacking you?”

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  1. Dear fellow Aikido practioners;
    I am saddened that the lady in question was failed by her training and instructors. Aikido while meant to better the world is not and never can be painting, dance or totally peaceful. It is, or ought to be, in the final analysis a martial or fighting art. As for thinking about nonviolence and violence, every society with laws has considered this issue. It’s called reasonable force and deadly force. Every society has determined the time to use it and when not.

    In addition, every police force, every military and every thinking warrior has thought about it. Like the USMC levels of alert and conflict, the Monadnock Police Training Council’s guidelines, etc, etc.

    Instead of calling on us to “think about nonviolence in violent attacks”. Let’s see what the law, the military and those who protect do in fact do and then let’s discuss, not if, but how to make the distinctions when to walk away, when to talk, when to pin, when to cause pain, when to break, and sadly, when to kill. It’s not black and white and it’s not something that can be done in the heat of the moment. That’s what led Bob Koga to do his work, see the link:
    Perhaps also this link to the British Self Defence (sic) Governing Body may be of help to get the chat going……

    Joseph O. De Luca
    A 70yr old retired Aikido Dan ranked enthusiast in Hombu style, Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, and Yoshinkan, as well as a tai chi enthusiast, qualified in V5 U S Navy hand to hand combat, and a firearms instructor

  2. This is a toughie. You have to follow your heart, but also your sense of strategy. A SF nidan got in the middle of a purse-snatch once. He took out the fleeing thief, but hadn’t counted on his four friends. He handled the situation, partly because no bystander would touch the purse and the gang fled once it was recovered.

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