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Old 08-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #180
Chris Li
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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
Actually that's begging the question.

What is the significance of 1942? Did Osensei not have a personal dojo before that?
I never said that he didn't, whats your point?

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
None of these unspecified items would constitute a break in cultural transmission anyway.
Sure they do. The culture and customs at your dojo are different than the ones that were used when O-Sensei was instructing. That's a break. That you consider the break to be insignificant doesn't eliminate that point, if your position is that a change in the reigi constitutes a "break in transmission".

FWIW, I spoke to Saotome about more than twenty-five years ago, and at that time he didn't care whether people bowed or not, didn't think that it was an important question to consider, and seemed sort of puzzled that anybody would even worry about it.



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