I've been training in aikido for 6 years. I was attacked in the street by a mugger last week and ended up getting beaten up pretty badly. I tried to do the pins but the guy broke free and it turned into a brawl. I honestly thought this would work. I'm ok now albeit with a bad black eye, and I'm gutted to say this- aikido really doesn't work in a confrontation. Should this art be resigned to something traditional like Kendo and Tai Chi? Jesus it's like a spell of complete delusion has been broken.