What happens on public transport now goes on the Internet….
The first book I read about aikido was an Aikikai book. If my memory is correct it had in it the story of a visiting aikidoka traveling on a train in Japan when a drunken lout starts a public ruckus. The lesson learned was taught by an old man stepping in with a soft hand to enquire what the problem was, instead of a beating from a large westerner eager to test his skills out.
It’s the first really hot day for the season and the bus is cramped with women and school kids, and one make aikido instructor. How do I get myself into these things!
Cramped and hot tempers flair, one mother accusing a lady with loads of bags of impeding her child. It then gets physical, why I don’t know, but from zero to 100 in less than 6 seconds.
With my inherited teachers voice (thanks mom)! I interject “Ladies, ladies, let’s set a better example for the kids!” Offer to hold the offensive item and diffused the situation. No blood, no scratches and no police. Only this kind gesture required.
Mind you I was prepared to dodge the scratches and biting…..aikido Taisabaki.