competition in aikido
Hi, everyone. What about the long term effects of competition in aikido? If aikido goes to the olympics, and is successful... then sponsorship rears it's ugly head. People start going to 'winning' clubs, teachers and (potential) students are dismissive of clubs that are not 'winners'.
Many techniques that are not 'effective' (under competition 'rules') will be dropped from the syllabus. Eventually kata will deteriorate into something for 'weak' people who can't make it in 'real' aikido?
Just a thought.