Re: Competition in Aikido
"I guess what I'm trying to say is opinions are just that OPINIONS. "
This is a nice sentiment, but it doesn't really reflect reality. Everyone is entitled to speak their own opinion for that is freedom of speech. Not everyones opinion is correct. My opinion may be that 2 plus 2 equals 5, and in that I'd be wrong.
Sorry, but I get annoyed with "lets agree to disagree" as a means of ending discussion.
In other news, best to not address arguments by their creator - instead simply address the argument itself.
As to competition - it's addictive. That's a quality I'm not sure anyone has pointed out.