is aikido violent?
To wax philosophically..
Men's actions may be violent or not,
whether using table legs or Aikido..like table legs, Aikido has no inherent violent state..the MISUSAGE of either one could be easy to construe as violent..but as the table leg is used primarily (and meaningfully) as a tool for purposes other than violence, so is Aikido..which is also to say either may be used for violence. Just because a 'tool' is used or misused for a specific purpose doesn't mean necessarily that it's use defines its being.
Aikido, like the table leg, can be used
as violently as the spirit of the one wielding it.
"We are just going to have to make table legs
so they are a lot less violent!"
Ta Ch'u Academy