I think Aikido does develop this 'non-fighting' mind far better than many other martial arts I am aware of; partly because of the lack of competition. However this does not mean it is no good for self-defence; the converse. Aikido keeps you relaxed in situations of conflict and gives you the option to resolve it peacefully, without producing an overt threat to the other party, which often increases the chances of attack. The truth of aikido is honed by the self-defence aspect, and through this awareness of conflict and conflict resolution, we can understand outselves, others and our place in the universe more.
Thus to be effective, I believe aikidoka have to overcome their fear of attack (and to some extent, death), and their fear of their ego being bruised.
Last edited by ian : 11-06-2002 at 04:22 AM.