Do you think it is possible to be an aikidoka without being a martial artist,
Originally posted by Ghost Fox
No. Though some far-fringe aiki-fruity aikidoka might LIKE to shed the martial aspects ...
However, if you shed the martial, you are no longer doing budo and aikido without budo is simply a form of dance. IMNSHO, of course.
and is it possible to be a great aikidoka without being a martial artist?
See above. And why the heck anyone would WANT to take the martial aspects out, I'll never understand ...
What's the difference between an aikidoka and a martial artist
and where is there overlap and divergence?
Aikido is budo. Budo is martial. A practitioner of aikido practices budo, like it or not.
Odd question. Curious ... why do you ask? What do you think about it?