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Old 07-22-2001, 11:02 AM   #1
Dojo: NGA Ossining
Location: NY
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 48
Question The use of Japanese in the dojo

I have just finished reading Mr. Lynch's article at Aikido Journal The heart of the article is the use of Japanese language in the dojo that is not Japanese. I have felt there is a certain elitism that many Aikidoka have about using Japanese in class even though all the students are English speaking.
Nihon Goshin Aikido techniques are all in English. The class is run using the English language, but there is a test for Sho-Dan on Japanese terms so knowledge of Japanese terms is important,but using it to teach isn't.
My question is why do Aikidoka look down at schools that don't use the Japanese terms. Its as if the school is perpetrating a fraud if they don't use the Japanese language.

Walter V. Kopitov

Walter Kopitov
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