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Old 08-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #128
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Carsten Möllering wrote: View Post
As far as I know he spoke about wearing hakama? Wasn't he also strict about rituals?
I believe you are correct. These kinds of things were clearly important to Ueshiba, but the question at hand is not whether or not they are important, but whether or not they are essential to the definition of aikido. And nothing I've ever read from Ueshiba indicates that he believed they were.

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