Why not just stop fighting with yourself? I don't really need to win.
Perfect...I am sure Ms. Schill read the art of my post where I said "To further your other argument".
I agree this is the function of Budo... and Bodhidharma's original intent.
The Martial Awareness of Aikido is meant to cultivate is connection with the self by connecting with the "Other"/Universe.
"He who has gained the secret of Aikido has the inverse in himself and can say, "I am the universe." When an enemy tries to fight with him, the universe itself, he has to break the harmony of the universe. Hence at the moment he has the mind to fight with me, he is already defeated." -MOREHEI UYESHIBA
But everyone has to start at the beginning... which simply means to learn how to defend ones "self"