The thing that I train for is a way to be spiritual and move at the same time. I trained in other arts that seamed to raise a different and hostile me in the face of adversity or attack. After a class I feel like the AikiKami allows me to be ME and non agressive nor defensive, no matter the situation. Truely, they would still win a "fight " If I had to become like them to survive..
As aikido is like the beautiful lightening during a storm, illuminating my mind and soul showing the real me in the darkness of the universe. I think of O'Sensei's smiling grin.