Re: No Competition in Aikido(excluding Tomiki)
I don't think O Sensei prohibited every kind of competition.
Some of us claim that our art is the least competitive, the most peaceful, the most friendly or the most civilized in the world or that is has to be, because O Sensei did want it like this.
How do we know? Even if he did, he probably should have thought better. Isn't that starting a new kind of competition? Why on earth did they introduce the grading system then? What are Dan grades meant to be then? Why on earth do we have to compete for money in daily life, so that we are able to pay our grading fees?
Why can't we get everything without struggling?
Obviously, we can't get away from competitions of some sort, even in aikido.
We should not throw away our common sense too quickly.
Seems, life itself is an eternal competition.