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O'Sensei proclaimed his art (Aikido) as-- love.

The Way of joining with the Spirit, Aikido, is a martial art that is much more than just fighting.

The aikidoist trains to heighten his senses, to keep himself centered and grounded, and to harmonize with his surroundings.

These are the same qualities  of a lover.

Aikido's tenkan movement is like a tango, the Argentinian dance, because it blends with the opponent as a dancer blends with his partner. The aikidoist must be willing to be patient and attentive so that he can lead with unity and decisiveness.

Aikido is love; therefore, arresting someone with techniques should be a rare occurence.

However, caressing someone with these skills should be a daily habit like a morning kiss or saying, "I love you."