I am sure Mathew did not intend this correlation.
It is a unique art. It is not a "hobby", it is not a "sport", it is not a "workout", it is a Michi, a Way. The central maxim of Aikido is "masakatsu, agatsu" "True Victory is Self Victory".
George Ledyard's All Things Aikido
dps (another old ass)
I've actually quoted that very passage in my blog: