It is always good to revisit this question, no matter how long you’ve been in practise. As a matter of fact, the long you practice, the more relevant this question is.
Is Aikido peaceful? No.
Is Aikido harmonious? Nope, sorry.
Is Aikido effective? Might as well ask, how ineffective is Aikido?
Aikido, is nothing more than 6 letters in the English alphabet put together, to sound like something.
Aikido is nothing more than putting up the white attire, and for some black pleated flare pants.
Aikido is what you find on YouTube, and the videos on ‘How cast’.
Aikido is what our mind try to make sense of.
Aikido is none of that.
All that man, try to make sense of Aikido, fails, utterly fails because Aikido is way beyond that, that is to say Aikido is like the universe, is like an insult, as a matter of choice the former or the latter.
So the next time you try to ask what Aikido is, please do not forget to give yourself one tight slap, or two for good measure!