While this may seem a small thing, I think it is great actually. We need to understand in budo that we do, and can have power over others and at times we need to exercise this power, hopefully in a skillful way....otherwise we run the risk of turning what we do into a very narcissistic practice, which frankly I think happens alot in Aikido.
I agree, Kevin.
So going back to my OP, is our job to teach students of aikido about self-mastery - at all levels.
Keeping ego in check, overcoming physical limitations, overcoming mental blocks etc, etc.
As I write this, I'm thinking "Yes" this is what its all about!
Oh, thanks for the DVD links BTW, folks.