“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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