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Old 05-27-2004, 06:12 AM   #9
Dojo: Kiburn, London, UK
Location: London
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 899
United Kingdom
Re: Practice without tradition

think some people do not truly understand the truth and meaning
- Two words which I'd personally never use in the same sentence...

Etiquette and tradition are separable and I think you'll find that even the most diligent "traditional" dojos outside of Japan will have a slightly different take on what is traditional practice as it will have been modified by the perceptions from their own culture.

What I saw as the thrust of the original question is, can you practice aikido without the traditional trappings of a Japanese dojo. My answer is yes. However, I did not say that that would necessitate zero etiquette in the dojo, discipline and good manners span all cultures and most ma.
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