“Is your only option to ‘attack the attacker’?”
Sometime ago I wrote a blog on the consequences of waiting to respond to an attack that elicited a great number of comments by Aikido Journal readers.
To further explore this topic, l would like to extend the discussion by positing the following scenario. You come across a dangerous situation that you perceive requires you to intervene to help someone, perhaps a loved one, or even a stranger. You personally are not being attacked. Your immediate judgement is that someone will die or be severely injured if you do not act.
How does your dojo training prepare you to deal with such a situation? Has your teacher ever discussed the matter? Have you ever given the topic any serious thought?
I have been faced with such a situation and describe what happened here.
Many will react to this line of questioning by adopting the assumption that they have to “attack the attacker” in order to save someone in danger. Is this really our only option?
Our readers represent a huge pool of life experience. I would like to tap your collective knowledge to engage in an intelligent dialog on this important topic, something we may quite possibly have to face during our lifetimes.
Be sure to read through the comments below. There are some truly amazing stories to be pondered!