Thread: Aiki-jitsu
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Old 12-02-2001, 09:18 PM   #8
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Re: Aikido and Aikijujutsu

Originally posted by Kami
Neither Takeda, nor Ueshiba, INTENDED for Ueshiba's art to have a new name. AIKIDO was imposed by the Dai Nippon Butokukai and accepted by Ueshiba's representative there, MINORU HIRAI Sensei. From then on, the former Aikibudo of Ueshiba changed its name to Aikido and included also the kyu/dan ranking sponsored by the Butokukai.
I'm wondering if you might comment on the following quote:

As the words for ``harmony'' and ``love'' can be pronounced ai, I decided to name my unique budo Aikido, although the word aiki is an old one. The word which was used by the warriors in the past is fundamentally different from that of mine.

This implies that he named it, so I admit to being confused. Did Ueshiba simply decide that he really did want it that way after the name was changed? Or, is this quote incorrect?

Last edited by Erik : 12-02-2001 at 09:21 PM.
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