Rather, I think this is really important just to understand the principles and rationale of aikido.
If I were to approach "defining" how, in my style, we apply our Aikido to more intense attack scenarios, I would say that there are three important basic things:
- don't let your attacker define the angles/position (control positioning and movement as best you can)
- know how to cover the strike zones (in an "Aiki" way - this is key and I have not seen this in many dojo or videos)
- know your "goals" - That is, "Aikido" - not to throw or fight or do damage, but to blend, process, redirect etc.... to track and be safe and survive in a particular way....
Good Aiki-ken often exemplifies these well.... it tracks the process and the conclusion comes when it is time, always controlling the angles and position, and always staying safe, not risking anything to "achieve a cut or to win" so to speak.