if you fail to use whatever training effectively for whatever reason, does that mean that it is not a martial art???
There is a huge spectrum within the context of "conflict resolution".
Aikido philosophically, and I think literally focuses on the engagement that occurs way before anything overtly physical begins to be seen.
It is a skill that maybe not many understand, or maybe not many are able to effectively use....who knows.
I believe though that this aspect of martial training I have found most useful in my "martial career".
Read Book of Five Rings if you need a refresher or a clearer understanding of what martial is all about.
It is more than physical skills...much more than that.