Originally posted by Lyle Bogin
Aikido is a series of exercises designed to give you mind body and spirit the opportunity to develop certain useful attributes.
The way aikido is taught at our dojo, one of the certain useful attributes is honest introspection
E.g., if uke is responding reasonably and my technique doesn't work, it's wrong. Further, to tell myself otherwise is dishonest.
I guess that's the fork in the road that aikido has come to. For some people, it's "a set of exercises". For others, it's a _martial_ way.
I don't have a problem with either viewpoint. I just wish people would exercise a little forethought before they make an "Aikido is" statement.