Pinned verses something else
It is not always clear the optional more violent techniques that we have available from our pins in Aikido practice, but they are there.
As proficiency improves, crosstraining or examination of selfdefense techniques find their way into your search for knowledge, you will find the simplicity of pinning in practice a joy compared to other possibilitys?
If you are lucky, maybe your sensei will explore one or two of many practical applications from a pin?
I kind of see it backward, as I have explored the applications before coming to Aikido, so now I really enjoy the safer practice that lessons accidental strikes by concentrating on movement and flow ... not the end results.
It is good to explore avenues, but don't discount the fact that some techniques are steps in a journey to something more.