Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?
You misquoted me quoting you! I distinctly said "pseudo-religious."
Budo is a process meant to change and strengthen a practitioner along the lines of character, spirit, mental endurance, etc. It has to be a process that you submit to. You don't get to choose what it is. That would be like a military boot camp where recruits were allowed to choose how many hours of sleep they would like each day and what activities they chose to sign up for.
Of course modern military training is not pseudo-religious, but of course it is not based on principals laid out in Chinese classics either.
Could you explain further what this means in reference to the post of mine that you are quoting? I'm not sure I'm following you.