Jeff Baldwin wrote:
one of those things you need to answer for your self...which also looks like you have done in what you wrote. Let go of it.
"Let go of it" - Totally agreed.
Attended the 9th IAF Training in Tokyo just more than a week ago. Okumura Shihan (9th Dan & in his 80's) gave us a lecture or rather he asked us (the attendees) "what is aikido?". He started by asking this question, "Can Aikido be in the Olympic Games?". Most attendees agreed that it cannot because of the non-competition nature of aikido. Okumura Shihan then discussed on the techniques used by MA sports (Judo & TKD) in the Olympic Games and the techniques of Aikido. Finally, he gave us a handout that quoted O Sensei's explanation of "What is aikido?". Interestingly, O Sensei's explanation was in response to the same questions posted by journalists to him many years ago.
If I can find the handout, I will reproduce them here.
From the lectures given by the senior Shihans, these are messages I received (others might received differently) and these were transmitted from O Sensei to them:
When one has muscular power, one may not require techniques.
When one has no muscular power (women & children especially), then one has to apply techniques.
Techniques (the details) are not important and not meant to be remembered.
IMO, the above reflects the path of form to no form.
Also interesting, of all the participants who attended the day trainings (techniques), only a hand of them attended the evening lectures that covered the spiritual side - the "do" part of Ai-Ki-Do which, IMHO, is the key of O Sensei's teaching