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Old 02-14-2014, 07:53 AM   #20
Mark Harrington
Dojo: Aikido Arnis of Farmville
Location: Greenville, NC
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 16
Re: Use of the term Aikido"ka"

An interesting question. If asked, I would say I practice Aikido. However, the term Aikidoka, like judoka, is in common use in our style and is accepted in conversation without question.

When everyone in a conversation agrees on the meaning of a word, that is what the word means. If it has evolved, been appropriated from another language, or just been made up recently, once it has an accepted use it has a new meaning. You can not get rid of a new definition by referring to historical uses and etymology.
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