George S. Ledyard wrote:
Aikido is a mirror. Whatever you have inside you will be what gets reflected in your Aikido.
Aikido is not violent. Men are violent. Aikido is a method of personal development which should point you to the issues on which you need to be working. Doing Aikido shows you for what you are. If that is violent, then your Aikido will be violent Aikido. But it's you who is violent, not the art.
I was about to reply to some of the astoundingly bad statements in this thread and then I read this. Truer words have never been spoken.
I could add nothing more except to say I wished I had wrote it.