Don’t buy this book by Richard Small

Tai Chi and Aikido – exploring pathways beyond choreography.
I’ve written a fairly readable and informative book of about 220 pages that covers tai chi and aikido in equal amounts. It’s a book that contains advice, sometimes in story form, about both arts. You may observe the differences or similarities yourself. It contains ideas for practise and thought and is the culmination of collected wisdoms from over forty years practise. You don’t need to buy one. You can check out what it looks like on Amazon for free then contact the author and he will post you a free copy. No catch, the aim is to share and not die with any would be secrets still intact. Contact Richard if you are interested. Don’t buy from Amazon!

Should this be in our aikido too?

Respect your partner’s ki (don’t interfere with their chosen direction),
don’t become the attacker,
cause no harm,
‘the enemy is within ourselves’, not in the attacker.
None of the above are signs of weakness but properly employed, enable great power to be manifested, a power used not to destroy an enemy but to save a misguided soul from harm.
If you think this is nuts then check out O-Sensei, Tohei, and modern teachers like Paul Linden. None of them hurt their partners, it looks like some teachers today,might.
If we want to have harmony of spirit and be one with the universal we may have to consider this during daily life because on the mat we dispense with engaging verbally with our partner (attacker for want of better word). Instead of ‘sorry pal if I have upset you, how can I put it right with you?’ we immediately escalate to a staged violent confrontation and use our aikido to teach them a lesson!
We all end up with our own opinion and then seek evidence that supports it, but only by questioning and leaving our comfort zone will we progress towards the peaceful art of aikdo – an art to reconcile the world.
Richard Small