Re: The purpose of Aikido?
"A boy recently survived an altercation with an armed robber who tried to steal his bike, a gift from his father for aceing his studies. As the boy struggled with the man, the robber whipped out his pistol and fired at the boy, who promptly deflected the forearm and avoided the shot. After firing the weapon and missing the robber panicked and ran, throwing his gun in a nearby river. The police caught him and froggers found the gun." taken from local newspaper maybe 2-3 days ago.
The boy had no martial arts training. But he had a the spirit of a Budoka.
The purpose of Aikido is to train the spirit. Its not the ONLY way, but its one way. If you want to fight, you don't need to learn Aikido... just fight.