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Mark Freeman
03-02-2006, 06:57 PM
I was just reading George Ledyards post in the 'organisations' thread, and he was refering to organisations with 'tens of thousands of practitioners'
I got me wondering, just how many Aikidoka are there worldwide?
Would anyone like to hazard a guess?
I was also wondering how many countries is Aikido being practiced in??

Curiously yours

Mark

Michael O'Brien
03-02-2006, 07:41 PM
Mark,
Interesting question; I haven't read the organizations thread so I don't know the discussion there.

A couple of quick google searches came up the number 192 for the number of countries in the world. I don't know if I would hazard a guess that Aikido is practiced in all of them, but certainly in most of them I would think.

With that number of countries in mind I would then venture to speculate that the number of Aikidoka worldwide would certainly be in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

Dajo251
03-02-2006, 08:27 PM
I heard a number a few years back at around 2 million people

emma.mason15
03-02-2006, 09:19 PM
shall we count? ... ok ... im one .... mark is two .... Michael makes three .... Daniel is four ....
...
... this could take a while!
come back to me in a bit

koz
03-03-2006, 04:09 AM
We are Legion...

Steve Mullen
03-03-2006, 06:26 AM
at last count i got 2,453,876 and a tiny person who i'm classing as a half, but emma and karen kept going off to find chocolate ninja so i may have miss counted a bit :D :p ;)

Nick Simpson
03-03-2006, 07:26 AM
There was a thread on this a while ago I think, someone said that every hombu aikikai shodan certificate is numbered chronologically and it there's was about 100,000. I think? I'd say 2 million is probably about right, theres like 200-300 in our org I think and about 50 people have received shodan at least with them.

emma.mason15
03-03-2006, 08:43 AM
paul ... steve ... and nick ... thats five, six and seven .... whew

emma.mason15
03-03-2006, 08:44 AM
at last count i got 2,453,876 and a tiny person who i'm classing as a half, but emma and karen kept going off to find chocolate ninja so i may have miss counted a bit :D :p ;)


look I would have sat still for the head count ... but the kept luring me off the mat ..... its all Ulises and Bozwels and ... well ... everyone elses fault except mine! :D ;) :D

happysod
03-03-2006, 10:29 AM
...Aikidoka are there worldwide There'll only ever be between 5-10, you, your favorite sensei, their sensei and 3- 5 in your dojo/association - the rest don't count as they won't have the "true aikido".

Simbo
03-03-2006, 11:46 AM
I got disappointed, I thought this was going to be a light-bulb joke :(

James Davis
03-03-2006, 11:51 AM
look I would have sat still for the head count ... but the kept luring me off the mat ..... its all Ulises and Bozwels and ... well ... everyone elses fault except mine! :D ;) :D
Ever think of getting into politics, Emma? :D

Dajo251
03-03-2006, 12:48 PM
I got disappointed, I thought this was going to be a light-bulb joke :(
me too at first

Steve Mullen
03-04-2006, 05:19 AM
How many aikidoka does it take to screw in a lightblub? 1........ but he makes the lightblub move around him

Mark Uttech
03-04-2006, 09:25 AM
Aikido is currently practiced in 87 countries around the world and there are ober 1.5 million practioners, last I heard.

Mark Uttech
03-04-2006, 09:27 AM
The lightbulb joke ends with the punchline:"it only takes one aikidoka, but the lightbulb has to make the first move..."

Mark Freeman
03-04-2006, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the figures Mark, and thanks also for the lightbulb joke, but aikido being the art that it is the joke neccessarily must have an infinite number of punchlines. ;)

regards,
Mark

Steve Mullen
03-06-2006, 04:22 AM
yeah, i heard a one about aikido sensei,

How many aikido sensei does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
.
.
One, but he just holds the lightbulb in place and the world revolves around him

Nick Simpson
03-06-2006, 04:50 AM
How many aikido sensei does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

One to do it his way, and an infinite number to come around when he's not watching and say: 'Some people screw a lightbulb in this way, now thats not 'wrong', but I like to do it this way...'

emma.mason15
03-06-2006, 10:13 AM
How many aikido sensei does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

One to do it his way, and an infinite number to come around when he's not watching and say: 'Some people screw a lightbulb in this way, now thats not 'wrong', but I like to do it this way...'


lmao .... i like that

Mike Sigman
03-06-2006, 10:35 AM
How many aikido sensei does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 100. 1 to screw it in and 99 to sit around and say, "We do it differently at our school".

mj
03-06-2006, 05:48 PM
Different pictures with the same paint.

Aikido is done in Scotland to an (in my opinion) ridiculous level. Iwama, Ki, Aikikai, Tomiki/Shodokan, Institute of Aikido and loads of others I haven't even visited...and that's in a one hour radius of where I live. Sadly a few of them follow the old Scottish tradition of preaching against each other but there you go...comes with the territory.

We Scots like martial arts, it's practically a martial arts rainforest here :)

Do Tibetans practic Aikido? Probably don't need to.

Amelia Smith
03-06-2006, 08:22 PM
As far as I know there's no aikido in Tibet. I was there (in western Sichuan, which is geographically, linguistically, and historically part of Tibet) and there were no formal active martial arts traditions in evidence. However, the people of Kham (the region of Tibet that I was in) have a reputation as fierce warriors, and I imagine they'd really enjoy aikido. I was only there for a few months, not long enough to start a dojo, but I thought about it.

And y'know, different sects of Tibetan Buddhists have been known to preach against each other, or at least engage in heated debates.

emma.mason15
03-07-2006, 04:43 AM
eight ... nine ... ten .... im getting there

Mark Freeman
03-07-2006, 05:02 AM
We Scots like martial arts, it's practically a martial arts rainforest here

A martial arts rainforest, certainly gets the old imagination going. I wonder which arts thrive in the canopy and which ones prefer it down on the ground? ;)

Any that thrive on rain itself will certainly do well in Scotland :D

markwalsh
03-07-2006, 12:17 PM
Re aiki countries:

Europe - all (including Lichtenstein!)
Americas - all (except possibly a few small islands). All US states.
Asia - nearly all
Africa - some, particularly southern, northern and ex French colonies. Least aiki populous continent.
Australasia - NZ and Oz widespread, not sure about islands such as Fiji?
Antarctica - joke web site and one bloke I met from the Cambridge's Scot Institute

I'll be at Ethiopia's first dojo for the next three months! It will be interesting to see - the birth of aikido in a country.

Tom Liauw
03-07-2006, 01:39 PM
Ethiopia, interesting.

Anyways, according to Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu's book (Best Aikido) which was published 1997 he estimated around 2 million.

emma.mason15
03-14-2006, 10:05 PM
err.... I lost count ..... can I start again please? ;)

James Davis
03-15-2006, 12:30 PM
err.... I lost count ..... can I start again please? ;)
<sigh> One.... :rolleyes:

Mark Freeman
03-16-2006, 05:45 AM
Re aiki countries:

Europe - all (including Lichtenstein!)
Americas - all (except possibly a few small islands). All US states.
Asia - nearly all
Africa - some, particularly southern, northern and ex French colonies. Least aiki populous continent.
Australasia - NZ and Oz widespread, not sure about islands such as Fiji?
Antarctica - joke web site and one bloke I met from the Cambridge's Scot Institute

I'll be at Ethiopia's first dojo for the next three months! It will be interesting to see - the birth of aikido in a country.

Hi Mark,

I was reading about the project the other day, good luck with that, I can't imagine anything but good coming from it.

regards,
Mark