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I like most of Steve's answer, it is very thorough. Not enough rep to comment so I have to make my own answer. I wish people would not focus so much on the fighting, this is not the only aspect of self-defense. I hear so many talk about "who would win in a fight between xxx and aikido" and variations on this. Steve also brings this up in his comment on ...


Short answer: just ask. Explain your previous training to the sensei (without bragging*). He/she will make the decision. At the very least I think they would be glad to show off their skills even if they will not teach you right away. They should be willing to preview the curriculum enough for you to make the decision to join or not based on what you ...

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