Re: The purpose of Aikido?
The Founder's purpose of Aikido?
*In my opinion,* in the beginning, before it was really "Aikido" per se, it was to achieve a high level of martial skill based on far deeper principles than just physicality and technique.
In the "end", I believe, due to his own personal and spiritual transformation, it was to provide a vehicle to manifest his (or a) sense of spiritual connection in the world, and have the conscousness and skills to "protect" people even in conflict, which is a high spiritual concept and reflective of his core spiritual experiences and beliefs. In fact I think his Aikido itself became a reflection of these beliefs.