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Old 08-30-2013, 01:57 PM   #170
Chris Li
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Re: Is is it still Aikido if you take away the Japanese clothes, etiquette and other things?

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
Which personal dojo?
The only one that he had after 1942 was Iwama.

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
Any one that has broken cultural transmission with Osensei.
You mean, like the way that Mitsugi Saotome has because his etiquette is different than that practiced by Morihei Ueshiba?

FWIW, I'm not an Iwama guy (although I've trained there), and I'm perfectly fine with the thought that what Saotome is doing is Aikido. But if if changing the etiquette means that you're not practicing Aikido then he isn't. And neither is almost all Aikido today.



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