“Well, kotegaeshi worked in at least one case. Here is the proof!””
Is it just a coincidence or a quirk of fate that we have this news report of an employee of a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store successfully defending himself with aikido? Gabe Sutherland of Portland, Oregon — after having studied aikido for only three months — managed to apply a kotegaeshi on a masked robber who pointed a gun close to his side. Sutherland says, “Instinct just kicked in.” He succeeded in wrested the gun from the assailant’s hand and the man fled the store.
The irony of all of this is that we have just had a very lively thread on this blog about whether nikyo and kotegaeshi–common aikido techniques–can work in a real situation. In this case, it did! Is this man a hero or a fool?!
What’s your take?