Re: Is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?
For me, dressing like I do and like the others do when practising is a gesture showing my connection to a certain group. So whether we chose to stick with etiquette or not is all the same I believe.
Itīs a matter of choosing whether to stay inside or outside a certain context.
On a personal level, I believe putting your heart in whatever you do is important, even when it comes to dressing up. Sort of like the inside being projected on the outside I guess..
Anyway I never liked to show up at a wedding reception all dressed up in beachwear and like so I donīt like to show up for practise in my pajamas.