Good topic. I'm sure it will ruffle some feathers, but good topic, and timely as well.
That is an excellent idea. Absolutely fantastic. I may speak to my instructor about it when he returns from japan.
Aikido is at heart about learning to fight
I'm not conviced of that at this point. The discussion to explain why I say that would be way too long. I'll see if I can find a short way to explain why I say that.