Re: Tracing my Philippine Aikikai Roots
I guess that pretty much tells everyone how Aikido has been with us since the 60s. I just hope that practitioners in the Philippines should appreciate more our Aikido heritage and give the proper respect due to the TRUE pioneers of Aikido in the country. There are other practitioners out there that might have dan ratings higher than our pioneers. But one thing is sure - the pioneers were already yudansha even before any of us were born thus the proper respect for them.
For some reason, the Philippine Aikido culture now gives more importance to the Japanese than they do our pioneers - all eager and scrambling to see them teach the same thing over and over again. And yet not once, not even once, were our old senseis like Sensei Camar and Sensei Valencia ever been called and invited or given recognition.
I still yet to see a book about the true history of Aikido in the Philippines.
Best regards to all,