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Old 08-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #61
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
That strikes me as funny because budo (and pre-budo bujutsu!) is inherently pseudo-religious.
Even if you think budo is inherently religious/spiritual (that's an argument for another thread, I think) it's important to distinguish what is and is not budo. White uniforms, colored belts, bowing, seiza, the kamiza, Japanese phrases, even the dojo itself: to me, these things are not budo. They are the trappings that usually go along with budo, but I think budo would still be budo without them.

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