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Old 09-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #224
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 14
Re: Is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

When I put on a hakama and bow, does it mean the same thing to me as it does to someone whose culture that belongs to? I doubt it. I doubt it would even if I became fluent in Japanese and lived in Japan (though I might get closer). It means something but what I am not sure. If aikido is not techniques, nor clothing, nor manners....maybe it's practice. Maybe it's empty.

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