"Aikido is a way to get exercise while at the same time, learn a form of self-defense. The training helps me to build confidence and increase my awareness of my surroundings. Not in an aggressive way but more in tune with what is going on around me. I like Aikido because it allows a choice in application, according to the nature of the attack. The defense increases as the threat increases. This is great because the defense does not depend on hitting someone or breaking bones to make them work.
Unlike other styles where you have to beat somebody up to use them, Aikido can be applied increasingly as the attack increases. Meaning, if someone pushes you, you can apply a joint lock. If someone pulls a knife on you, you break a wrist. It lends itself to be applied in all situations and environments without drawing undo attention and violence. For me, this means I can go about my daily life with the ability to protect myself, always on hand."