I have been practicing Aikido for a little over a year and have just started to wonder about the claims that Aikido is "non-violent".
The majority of the techniques I have seen end in either a projection or a pin, and I can see how those can be considered non-violent. At the same time there are some techniques such as chokes, that don't seem to follow the same mentality of protecting uke.
And then the fact that techniques can be performed in such a way that they can seriously injure uke only makes me ask the question more.
So is aikido non-violent or is aikido something that can be non-violent but isn't necessarily so?