Lynn Seiser wrote:
IMHO, while Aikido is available for everyone, it is not for everyone because they choose not to participate. That is their choice and I need to accept it.
So, in order to learn Aikido, one has to participate.
In order to participate, the dojo has to accept the student and the members of the dojo have to be willing to train with that student.
When this doesn't happen, due to the fact that some men (and even some women!) will not train with a student because she's female, is it really that student's choice that she cannot participate?
In my experience, participation has not always been solely my choice, so I don't agree that Aikido is
available for everyone - although it certainly ought to be!
Ruth (also enjoying this discussion