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01-17-2019, 09:34 PM
Posted 2019-01-17 21:32:55 by Jun Akiyama
News URL: http://thewayyoupractice.blogspot.com/2019/01/guest-article-josephine-fan-perceptions.html
Here’s an insightful article from Josephine Fan of Long Island Aikikai (http://www.liaikikai.com) on "Perceptions of the Aikido Community." (http://thewayyoupractice.blogspot.com/2019/01/guest-article-josephine-fan-perceptions.html)
From the article: “A particular question continued to pop up in my research: ‘Why do people have such a poor impression of Aikido?’ […] Taking in my experiences from understanding how social media worked, the simple answer was that the Aikido community itself gave a terrible perception and impression to the outside world. […] There's so much infighting ("My sensei is better than your sensei, my style is better than your style, the way I train is the best way to train") and lashing out against anyone that is different or new. It has very little to do with whether or not there is anything worth learning in it, since we know there are benefits to doing so. The perception of the Aikido community has amounted to a joke, and it's entirely deserved.”
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The way World War Two ended for Japan was the beginning of the end of the martial aspect of Ueshiba's martial art. Two atomic bombs and his country being occupied by a foreign power caused him to hide his martial art as a way of love, peace and harmony for the world to unite under. This got away from him as people believed the cover story that Aikido was a martial art that was not martial. Modern day Aikido is; personal development, healthy exercise, a social club, a philosophy of life, a religion. It is anything but martial.
01-18-2019, 08:31 AM
I must hang out with nicer people. I haven't seen this mean-spiritedness the article talks about. I'm sure it exists, it exists everywhere. But is it more than other martial arts. Or even other subcultures?
Frankly, it just reminds me of so much bullying growing up. Aikido is the kid getting picked on more than others because someone more popular decided to do so. It's never going to stop because people are assholes. So what?
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