Re: The Word "Aikido"
Thanks Francis for an interesting column as always. I'm not sure if it makes me one of the traditionalists of your third paragraph but I think the word aikido itself it gives us some hints about how to train.
If there is no harmony in your training you can throw out the ai. So you're left with KIDO.
If you are training without intention or energy or spirit you can throw out the ki. So you're left with DO.
And if you're training selfishly or blindly you can throw out the do. And you're left with... nothing.