Yes. In addition to effective techniques that give Aikidoists a wide range of application according to various situations and needs, Aikido amplifies the most important aspects of self defense: developing and trusting in natural instincts, intuition and sensitivity. Respecting one’s gut feelings and common sense are strongly encouraged. Many also come to aikido with extensive backgrounds in other martial arts and see the advantages Aikido has to offer over their previous training. Law enforcement officers, in particular, recognize the advantages of using Aikido in that they can easily handle someone with minimal effort, usually with just one hand-thus freeing the other hand for other uses. Aikido techniques can be applied in such a way as to not cause harm or bodily injury. Therefore, persons can be handled easily and safely. Handling a person in this way also reduces the chances of inciting others because of obvious harm or violence being inflicted. Additionally, Aikido techniques are practiced in such a manner as to take in all of the attacker’s capabilities as well as the assumption there may be a multiple attack. Therefore, when practicing Aikido one must be fully aware of the opponent-can they still kick, hit, bite or pull out and use a hidden weapon? They must also be aware of the surroundings in case of further attack. The Aikido practitioner learns to apply the technique in such a way as to neutralize any attack capabilities, take the opponent down into a pin, use the opponent as a shield against further opponents or to throw that opponent into any others to neutralize or delay their attacks. But, again, the best tools for self defense are trusting in one’s common sense, intuition, instinct, gut feelings and sensitivity so as to avoid or neutralize potential problems or attacks. All of these important tools are developed and enhanced by training in Aikido.