Re: philosophical or practical martial art?
Philosophical or practical? Why in your mind are they different as if to be not connected?
Here's some data for you. Back in Japan in those 'old' days it was quite normal to recognise spiritual and zen was known as very spiritual yet disciplined and real.
Here in the western world when a teacher of such things gives spiritual rules which have physical effects it is generally pur down as philosophical.
Non-violence is an active thing as is non-resistance the effect of which is immediate. Very practical and effective. Hard to learn only because of our own unawareness.