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Old 03-28-2011, 07:42 AM   #264
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Dojo: FL Aikido Center
Location: Spring Hill, FL
Join Date: May 2004
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Re: To bow or not to bow

Graham Christian wrote: View Post
1) That it is all a matter of respect.
That's the hard part, it is not about respect in this case, it is about faith. These are very different things. The rules of entry for Aikido once make it nearly impossible for Westerns to practice. Eventually O'Sensei saw this was wrong since Aikido is for all mankind, not just Japanese. How are we keeping to his ideas if we knowingly mandate requirements that force students to leave? Is the spirit of Aikido lost if one doesn't bow?

Gregory Makuch
Wandering Ronin
Spring Hill, FL
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