I looked at Aikido in the late 70’s and again in the mid 90’s. I liked the philosophy of ‘re-directed energy & motion’. And the Dynamic Circle was interesting.
I do not believe… just because we do not ‘wish’ to fight that one must be placed in pure-ly defensive mode. For example, take the canon ‘seven different lightsaber styles’. Some are great against other sabers, some specifically against blaster attacks, some more ‘pure defense’ and some more offensive. It was the idea that no one style / system ‘works’ for every one or every situation. The Jedi learned them all — some decided to master one style over the others.
Yes, the ideal would be to do as little physical harm as possible -and- only when force of any kind is necessary.
I do not see the other ‘more defensive’ styles as being any less of ‘that philosophy’. I mean, there is not an army of semi-trained martial arts kids running around the streets leaping, chopping, and generally terrorizing the communities in classic Hong Kong Fu-ey style. All schools tend to teach that discipline in mind, body, and spirit… that ‘attack’ is a ‘last straw’.
True.. once action is necessary; it should be swift and decisive. Whether that is flipping the opponent and laying them out flat; or doing a joint lock or pressure point ‘hold’ (what some would still call aggresive/defensive and not passive) — or it’s a good whack to an arm, kick to the shins or knocking a body into next week.
If someone is attacking my daughter, I have no qualms if she puts the attacker in the hospital. It will give them ample time to meditate on their erroneous ways.
If Aikido works; use it.
If TKD works; use it.
If it’s any form of martial arts and it’s what you LIKE doing; then learn it.
If you want to learn more… learn more — learning discipline of body/mind/spirit is never a bad idea.
As some have said though…. it’s all location, location, location.
East and West coast have more schools / styles available.
Around my neck of the woods it’s all TKD.
Now, if I drove a full day to get to Austin or Dallas, Texas, I’d probably get a better ‘selection’ of schools.