Re: The purpose of Aikido?
Aikido is a martial art or budo. It all depends on how you practice it. I failed a test in 5 seconds because the Sensei thought that there was no ki. He then promptly said to all of us who he had just failed, "Aikido is budo, if you want to socialize or have fun then join aerobics or something like that" then stomped off. Obviously I remember this and practice it in this light. As a shodan you haven't even scratched the surface and some places try to get rid of the chafe so that they truly only teach the dedicated students the real stuff. There will always be squabbles. People are people.