Re: Is Aikido Non-Violent?
i agree with all of the posters who say that the intent is the important thing.
Chiba Sensei once quoted O Sensei as saying "True compassion is being able to kill but choosing not to kill".
Aikido is not IMHO a pacifist, theoretical pursuit. It is a strong effective and deadly fighting system. However it is also an ethical framework to allow us to temper strength with compassion.
Fortunately most Aikidoka follow this ethical principle.