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Old 01-31-2005, 03:17 PM   #20
E.D. Gordon
Dojo: Shobukan Maryland
Location: Maryland
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 41
Re: Women and Everybody Else in Aikido

Jun Akiyama wrote:
If I remember correctly, Ah Loi Lee sensei who trained under Tomiki sensei is 7th dan.
-- Jun
In my language ignorance, I could go to this person's seminars and never know the difference.

This is the way it should be.
Women in budo should be a non-event. I will consider us "there" when it becomes so.

Until then, let me share with you an event I was thrilled to participate in, even in absentia, up in Canada:

At about 70 centimeters short of two meters and slightly over 70 kgs, I'm the same size, and (due to manual labor, disposition, and sheer tenacity) very close to as strong as, the average male.

I just have more options.

Should I be disappointed, that it takes a prominent male teacher to bring the subject of Invisible Women up?

I am.

What the hell are we doing, as female budoka?
What more can we do?
What helps us survive and evolve?
How can instructors cultivate female budoka, objectively?

I don't mind not being "marketed" that way lies ruin, but where is the common-sense commentary? I mean, besides "The Mirror" here on Aikiweb (waves to Janet et al).

E.D. Gordon
(first beer's on me, George, next time you're in Bavaria
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