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Old 09-22-2006, 12:36 AM   #10
Walter Martindale
Location: Cambridge, ON
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 712
Re: Use of Japanese terminology...

David Skaggs wrote:

Who is going to translate the Japanese meaning of Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage from Japanese to Inuktitut? After I learn my Aikido in Inuktitut, who am I going to teach it to, only people who speak Inuktitut?

By not using a common language for terminology ( not necessarily the explanations) then you are limiting the pool of possible people to learn from, those that use terminology in your mother tongue.
I believe that using the Japanese language to instruct with some attention paid to the meaning of the terminology and usage, it's possible to conduct Aikido sessions and be effective - as long as people have it explained to them WHAT THE JAPANESE TERMS "MEAN" in the home language.

What gets me is how a lot of dojo are more Japanese than the Japanese dojo I've visited....
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