Erick Mead wrote:
Are MARTIAL arts 'self-defense" or something else?
I love dualistic either/or questions.
IMHO, yes, Aikido is a martial art suitable for self-defense and it is something else (depending on what you want to make it). Budo, martial arts, are tools. Its up to us as individuals what we want to make of it and how refined we want our craft and art to be.