Re: Aikidoka learning Japanese
Regarding this topic,
I don't believe while living in your own home country that it would be necessary. However before I really took Aikido seriously I was studying Japanese more seriously. This has led me to make the decision to go to Japan for University in Osaka - the bonus is that I can now also train under the teachers I want to. I also heard that Saito Sensei (Jnr) encouraging his students to learn Japanese in order to understand O'Sensei's teachings - I think that might be difficult even for some good translators/interpretors.