Brian Kagen pick: “Kicking butt for inner peace,” by Penny Bernath from

“I later became frustrated with many martial arts and self-defense classes that I found. At the point of attack, the victim is taught to instantly transform into a crazed aggressor by kicking, striking and screaming.

This is unrealistic, particularly for a woman who isn’t aggressive by nature. So I gravitated toward aikido, a defensive martial art that taught me to work with — instead of against — my nature. Aikido works by blending with an attack and redirecting it away.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. …instant transformation into “crazed” is a skill which often is the difference between life and death. consider the mouse that all of us freshman high school boys watched being placed in the snake’s cage. we anticipated a fascinatingly gruesome process ending in a lump in the snake’s midriff. what happened, however, was the mouse went berserk. it charged the snake. jumped on its head, and ran down it to its tail where it began biting, chewing it to the bone for a couple inches…

  2. kseniya says:

    charles, this is exactly what happened to me when i just started martial arts long time ago! yet now i approach life in a calmer manner-thanks to my beliefs and aikido.

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