Kathryn Cole (Kat.C) wrote:
This is really confusing, it seems most people are saying that as long as it is done with the right spirit any technique could be considered an aikido technique. I don't think that my husband and I could get on the mat and start doing Yakasoku kumite,(learned in karate) and call it aikido. Well we could call it that but it wouldn't be, and I don't think my sensei would consider it aikido either. Aren't there actual techniques that Osensei taught his students and that in turn have been taught to their students and so on? (Yes I understand ther are lots of variations of the techniques).
Although it seems like we are the minority here, I have to agree with Kathryn. Or rather, I can not choose between two possible answers.
1) A technique is an aikido technique if it is taught in an aikido dojo while not considered as something borrowed from another art.
2) An aikido technique is a technique learned from O-sensei through disciples of his disciples, etc. (Kathryn's version)
We can try and describe what aikido techniques are like, compared with something else. But that's a different matter.
We can also discuss what aikido is. That, in my mind, is also a separate topic.