My, my...I'm new to this website and isn't this an interesting thread to stumble upon? I can't say I know poop, but I know that I embraced Aikido because it seemed the only martial art I've been exposed to--I've studied a number--that makes a direct effort to blend the violence of martial training with spiritual/character development. All sorts of people train in my dojo, for as many reasons. You know, some like it hot, some like it cold...For me, I need the balance of light AND dark, need to walk that razor's edge between two extremes, for this feels closest to some truth. I don't care what you call it, don't care who's better than who. I come, I train, I experience, I grow.
Jun--definately thanks for this website because even in the face of squabbling and pettiness...hey, we're opening up and connecting! Don't you see the humor?
I think it's a hoot! But then again...it's late
Peace in Aikido, whatever you derive from it.