.45ACP+P asked if what I was doing was Aikido and he is correct. Aikido has a number of different types and schools. I am practicing Wadoki Aikido, a style founded by Roy Suenaka, one of the Founder's young students in Japan in the 1960s. Aikido is not well known, and the only connection I can give most people is that Aikido is what Steven Seagal uses in his movies.
Wadoki Aikido strives to be a martially effective art. Aikido is a hard art to learn, the learning curve is steep and long. I have been putting a lot of time into it for the last seven years and I still have a long way to go. That being said, I have come to a new plateau and I did pass my nidan test (Thanks for asking, Dave).
Our leadership does not want any video of our techniques posted on-line, so I can not show you my test or other techniques. Other styles do not have this restriction. So here is Tissier Sensei, at a demonstration in France. I am sure it was practiced, but I doubt it was choreographed. I know from personal experience that I could attack any of several senior instructors I know any way I wanted, as hard as I wanted, and the only reason the outcome wouldn't be devastating to me is that they were being gentle. I can roll and take falls like his students, but perhaps not with quite the grace being displayed.
I am sharing this because it will fit in with the firearms posts. It is part of my journey and influences my opinion that it is not enough just to have a gun.