View Single Post
Old 09-20-2006, 06:56 AM   #1
David Humm
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 269
United Kingdom
Use of Japanese terminology...

Would you guys care to share your opinions on the issue of teaching aikido but not using the Japanese names for waza, or indeed in the extreme; not using any Japanese terminology at all.

My own opinion is that we're studying a Japanese martial art and therefore adopt several cultural aspects in doing so. I don't expect my students to learn the language but, I do feel the language aspects relating to aikido is quite important.

I appreciate there may be differences in the names of techniques which might exist between the styles of aikido but, the naming thereof isn't the question at hand, I'm asking if the study of aikido per se, needs Japanese terminology as part of the teaching curriculum ?

Thanks in advance
  Reply With Quote