Re: "Traditional budo" and "Fighting art"
I don't know Ian. I do think those factors are intrinsic to aikido. I agree that they are not "solely" intrinsic, but I do find those factors developed to any degree of depth to be quite rare in other martial arts (hell that kind of depth is rare in aikido!). My point when I brought that kind of thing up was that I find that level of depth specifically uncommon in "fighting arts" due to the typical focus of training.