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Old 08-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #133
Carsten Möllering
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Re: Is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Janet Rosen wrote: View Post
I agree that etiquette plays an important role in ... promoting harmonious relations between members
I think etiquette in the context of a dōjō or in budō in general in the first place is about your relation to yourself and your place to place you are and the budō you practice. See, even when you're alone in the dōjō the etiquette stays the same.

Mary Eastland wrote: View Post
To me...both of these incidents were Aikido.
I think I get, what you mean. And if you understand Aikido the way you do, you are right.
I don't want to argue against your understanding of what Aikido is. Just want to say that my understanding is different. And maybe whether one "needs" hakama, etiquette etc. to call it aikidō or not depends also on our image of what aikidō is?

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