Re: Aikido Techniques are Weapons Techniques
I agree Don. Aikido is pretty much about the "DO". the way of aiki. So the weapons work in aikido, in my exerperiences are there to teach us the DO...not to teach us how to be better stick, knife, or sword fighters.
To me, that makes all the difference in the world when you train.
I think many take what we learn in DO based arts and try and transfer it literally. Sure, the bunkai, and the application, and principles are all there. I would not argue that.
However, as you state, when you approach things from a standpoint of aliveness, then much of what we do to learn the DO seems like a very inefficient delivery system for teaching.
I try to be very careful about discerning between DO versus reality. I think that is what is most key when approaching the whole weapons issue.