“I am not a violent person,” said Petricel, who trains in the Japanese martial art of aikido at the D.C. Aikido dojo in Woodley Park. “I don’t see this as just pure exercise. It is an art as well as martial. It’s spiritual. Physical. Intellectual. It’s a workout. But that’s not just why I’m here.”
Whether they’re fed by the movies or the rise of mixed martial arts fighting, there are a lot of stereotypes about martial arts.