Re: The purpose of Aikido?
You can have the skills ability desire and the competency to fight. AND. Also embrace the philosophical/spiritual side as well. That is the whole point if you ask me. Of course you are also free to do what ever you want and assign whatever meaning you want or filter out whatever you want as well. Howver to say that the fighting side and the spiritual side are at opposite ends and are opposed or some how in conflict with each other is not corect in my mind.