Re: Aikido as a "Budo"?
Thank you for making an opportunity for VOE members to respond to important questions regarding Aiki and Aikido related topics.
Perhaps there is a way to preserve the integrity of the VOE process, and still split off a thread to be continued in the general section? It would be cool to be able to do so. I recall one instance where a "response to loyalty" was successful. That was great!
A Rose is a flower, but a Flower may not be a rose.
Beauty, and "Budo", may well be in the eyes of the beholder.
From the internet, unconfirmed sources indicate that, prior to Meiji, martial arts were commonly referred to as "Koryu Bujutsu". Martial arts introduced after Meiji, were referred to as "Gendai Budo", or "modern martial arts". I have no opinion either way.
The Founder supposedly called his Aikido, the "Budo of Love", and that he felt that his was the ultimate example of "Budo". Again, I have no opinion on these definitions.
For me, any name or title given to some phenomenon should give a readily recognized clue as to what that means to the speaker If not, it should be discarded quckly, as one would a recent rumor.
Words are far more powerful and permanently impacting than most of us realize.
In a court of law. "striking testimony from the records" does not eliminate the effect on those who heard it anyway, like the jury members.
The unseen and unpredictable impact that powerful events or words, spoken in haste to children, ultimately have on these young minds, may be devastating for a lifetime.\, with no one else the wiser.
When using words to describe something both parties are trying to reach agreement on, the responsibility is huge, and imperative that all parties do whatever it takes to get it right. or at least subject to continued discussion and future correction.
For me, I agree with the Founder that his Aikido is a form of Budo.
For the rest of us, the jury will remain out, as I cannot account for how people express and execute their own version of Aikido.
My best regards to all who use terms like "Budo" to explain what they believe in, and what they do. It is that important.
Last edited by aikishihan : 12-24-2009 at 09:07 AM.