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American Self Protection (A.S.P.) contains a complete program of Aikido developed using the American Self Protection method of learning.  A.S.P. also contains a complete body of knowledge that provides for very effective and complete self protection which, is its main goal (i.e., there is a distinction here between just self defense and self protection which is much more inclusive).  For example, kickboxing, grappling, nutrition, rape defense, first aid, lifesaving, orienteering, and psychosomatic (mind-body) exercises.  These additional topics are not typically covered in "traditional" or post World War II Aikido schools, but are covered in A.S.P. 

Like traditional Aikido, A.S.P. incorporates a philosophy of not injuring an assailant (i.e., using only the amount of force necessary to protect oneself or to lend assistance to others; see A.S.P. and the law and A.S.P. Code of Ethics). This is also required under the law which, in general, allows one to use only the level of force necessary to thwart off an attack. For example, deadly force is inappropriate for attacks involving minor force. The techniques of A.S.P. offer flexibility in the level of force that can be applied and are mostly soft and circular in design (similar to Tai Chi motions). 

Correct application of the five principles common to all self defense techniques: DISTANCE, DIRECTION, TIMING, MOMENTUM, and LEVERAGE, allows smaller and weaker persons to control larger assailants. A.S.P. can be practiced by a large segment of the population without risk of injury.  This philosophy is to be applied to our daily lives.  In addition, A.S.P. practitioners practice a heightened awareness and sensitivity to their surroundings, people, and all of nature. 

Ranking in A.S.P. is different than in traditional Aikido. Nine undergraduate ranks, six red and three brown, are followed by ten black belt ranks, each with documented requirements through the tenth degree of black belt program (see A.S.P. Text). No time requirements exist so that each student can progress at his or her own rate. Questions are encouraged throughout the learning process. Students are encouraged to examine and understand all the fighting arts through any means without harassment.   Teaching accreditations are given free of charge after demonstrating certain minimum requirements.  

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