A beautiful thing about Aikido is that it dwells in the higher echelon of emotion. Aikido at it’s higher levels is performed with grace. It’s taking an ugly conflict and moving in a non-resistant but highly powerful way with it. It’s being in full control and not in compliance to the whims of the lizard brain. It’s ultimate goal is taking an attack from the lower emotions (fear, greed, lust, etc) and transforming it into a peaceful situation born of the higher emotions (couragessness, acceptance, peace, etc.). What a great intention. How can this translate off the mat? I think a better question is how can this NOT translate off the mat?