I know tai-chi practitioners who have the same problems staying mindful of the martial aspects of their art. A certain amount of mental focus is doubtless necessary to do so, be it tai-chi or aikido.
We bill it as a martial art but seldom train like it is.
The body follows the head and Ki follows focus (always aim through the center to a balance point).
Like so many things, a slight change in intent makes a big change in behavior.
Thanks for reading, responding, and the kind words.