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Old 08-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #18
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

The clothes, manners, and rituals are key elements to Aikido as a culture and not a technology. Whether or not you believe Osensei cared about transmitting Aikido as a culture, I would still argue that these things are important for non-Japanese because we can't just take these elements for granted.

BJJ I believe uses competitions to foster a culture, but it is an emergent culture, a thing that comes about.
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