Daniel Linden (DGLinden) wrote:
I have always wanted to sponser a kind of competition, something that would spice up seminars and bring a lot of fun to annual gatherings.
Why not Demonstration Competition? Think of it as Gymnastics or Figure Skating on an aikido level.
You have a panel of judges. You have different dojos bring a practiced team to put on a demonstration. There are rules which require certain technique be included. There is latitude for creativity. If people can judge figure skating, gymnastics, et al then I have to believe Aikido demonstraion competition would bring a whole new excitement to seminars. Limit top people to sandan, weapons division, open dividion, etc. Women's teams, Junior teams, anything...
Most important, it would be fun and still be Aikido. And for a change you might get to win something. I'd put up a Champion's Cup that could be presented and passed arround.
Who knows, maybe it could eventually cross association lines. The Super Bowl of Aikido Competition IV ASU Vrs The Federation.
I agree ,I think that the climax of such an event should be actual competition by carefully screened contestants, but the other half of grass roots growth must include exhibition by judgment like doing forms competition at karate tournaments, but with guidelines for accepted traditional forms, and or principles.
Because of the many facets you could imagine unbendable arm category, tachi dori etc. but never leave out the realistic, the actual or else politics will take the place of steroids.