Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?
Aikido is a product of a martial culture which is a subset of an educational tradition where a student's interest in or knowledge of what they are actually doing is of little importance. Students are like seeds, the instruction and practice are like water and sunlight, and etiquette, dojo cleaning rituals, training attire, and the like are the soil.
So what if we put them in different soil? What does that change, really?