Re: Aikido suffering identity problem?
Thanks for that link, Yann! I'd heard of wikipedia but never really used it. That sure is about as well-rounded a description of aikido as I've ever seen in such a concise essay.
Too bad you can't just hand out leaflets when somebody asks... As some other folks have remarked, though, I guess it's not about crafting an image of it for Joe Public. There's a fine line between telling folks enough to interest them and creating an image that will sooner or later become an obstacle to training... I tend to go with "It's sort of like judo" when asked "So is that like karate?"