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Old 06-29-2000, 12:48 PM   #9
Chuck Clark
 
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I have been around Tomiki Aikido in one way or another for a long time and have never heard that he was motivated by helping "Westerners learn aikido."

I have heard from his own lips that he wanted everyone to be able to learn aikido in ways that were easier to understand. The tournament aspect was intended to interest young people in aikido and perhaps they would stay around and learn to do more than the tournament style.

He was one of those human beings who really did not see people in racial categories.

Chuck Clark
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