Re: Aikidoka learning Japanese
I really enjoy studying aikido in Japanese. There's a certain confluence of idiom that I think is missing when aikido is studied in English. And I think, for those who wish to know about and understand Japanese culture, studying the Japanese language is far more useful than studying aikido.
But would an aikido beginner, living in America, need to study it? Nah. Like aikido, it's a commitment, not to be taken lightly.