Re: Aikido is still violent......?
In order to answer the question "Is Aikido Violent?" It is essential to be clear what you mean by violent. For myself Violence means "an emotionally driven and undisciplined application of force against a given target." This is my own definition of violence derived from the fact that it is consistent with the 4 emotional elements of violence (arousal, weapon, target, trigger) It is also consistent with the mental element requirement for GBH in the UK . given that definition the answer is definitely no