Re: Martial artist / Aikidoka
Wow - this can be a rather loaded question, with any answer questioned by anyone for any reason. My hats off to anyone brave enough to post an opinionated response.
MARTIAL: Aikido can be taught, or learned, without the "martial intent", so I believe that YES, you can have an aikidoka that is not a martial artists. Aiki has so much more to offer than most other arts, that I think it can easily attract more than "martial" students.
Tai Chi: Without trying to split hairs here, ther eis tai chi, and then there is tai chi chaun. One isexercise, and the other is a fighting art.