Re: Aikido is still violent......?
Aikido can be as violent as anything else.
It does however give you more options than some other art that only teaches punching or kicking.
And Jordan, just listening to the Aiki-fruities singing kumbiyah (sp?), etc is just as misleading as the combat-[insert flavour of the month UFC darling MA here] junkies.
Most people are somewhere in the middle.