Re: philosophical or practical martial art?
Thanks Jon. I wasn't talking about the means or the result. I was talking about the philosophy. My original comment about killing techniques being the antithesis of aikido was about learning atemi designed to kill - not that could kill. I think that is a fundamental difference. In aikido you learn how not to kill.
But break it down to a simple level. If a ten or eleven year old child attacked you with a knife you wouldn’t use a technique that could maim or kill. You take the knife away.
There is no philosophical difference if it is a 100 kg man attacking you with a knife. The only point is if your level is high enough to do it or not.