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I've had some discussion recently with some buddies about the effectiveness of aikido at making a real life bad guy stop what he is doing right now. That is, when a situation is critical and imminent and you have to force someone to cease their misdeeds immediately. Some practitioners suggest that in such a critical situation, the typical tools of aikido might not be sufficient, and a better way to make the attacker stop right now is by causing massive physical trauma (broken finger or arm or knee, gouged eye, broken neck, etc.
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