Re: Rei and Controlled Violence
Perhaps I cherry pick too much but one thing I recall is"we are trying to kill each other but we must not hurt each other" ... tough to do without a solid understanding of rules, limits and control overlayed on the expressions of violence.
Maybe a twist for aikido would be "you are trying to kill me but I cannot allow us to hurt each other". At least in the ideal... a difficult task to develop the ability to switch mindset from killer to loving protection without some kind of mental "fragmentation". Clearly, I'm not psych guy but such things tend to trouble me sometimes.