Originally posted by Chocolateuke
I think a olimpic sport as compition for Aikido would definatly hurt Aikido an here are some reasons why.
1. how many times do you see people walk in a dojo stay for 3min at the most and pronoucnce it fake. you see if it was compition spectarors may ( I am not saying they will but in my expirences). they may think taht it was set and not worthy.
2. IF Tomok Aikido is gonna do olimpics they will probably think all Aikido is like that and 90% of the population proably dosent know there are 101 diff expressions of Aikido ( hint I donno how many there are but heheh) and they might think all aikido is Tomok.
3. People may start Aikido but for the wrong reasons. meaning not for harmony ( which is why we get engergy from training is becasue we are in harmony with the engergy of the universe) but for our egos sake and start to spoil the dojo.
4. I think it could discrourage those that are old and weak or are disabled or have a helath condition and it might prevent them from wanting to train or start becaause they may see only the Atheleticaly built Aikidoka ( I hope not but hey it is and Atheletic event.)
my 2 cents worth..
By the way Jim where are u from??
Please permit me to make some points about this intersting argument.
1. There is no way a technique could be seen as 'set' in competition because of the nature of randori.
2. The fact that competition attracts public interest cannot be helped. There should however be some effort to distinguish competetive and non-competetive aikido styles.
3. The problem of egos in my experience is very minimal in tomiki aikido. Having experienced competition in many different martial arts, I am suprised by the lack of ego in aikido competition.
There has never been an aikido champion at international level who was not also equally skilled at embu (kata). As we all know kata takes a great deal of work and patience and tends to discourage the egotistical.
4. Of course those who are less physically able for health reasons may find competition success more of a struggle, but that does not mean competition does not have something to offer them. Remember that Randori was always intented a learning tool.
I would also like to mention that the individual who won the US world championships had a severe health condition which is kept at bay by continued aikido (and randori) practise.