How is aikido not a controlled, stylized, choreographed form of violence? I know I tap a lot in class....
That phrase comes from somebody who actually practices Aikido???
If it wasn't so tragically sad, it would be almost amusing...
What's your problem with my statement? If aikido is a martial art, it is (pretty much by definition) a controlled, stylized, choreographed form of violence. I know far more ways to kill, maim, injure, hurt and control people than I did before I took up aikido. I refuse to avoid taking responsibility for the gifts aikido has given me by pretending the gifts are something they are not.
You may not study aikido as a martial art, but I do. Aikido is a big enough umbrella, and the mat I am on is pretty darn large.