“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.