Aikido Merely a Pastime?

I have alluded in recent articles to our estimates of the degree of growth of aikido both in Japan and overseas. While our figures concerning the number of practitioners are lower than various official estimates, I think they nonetheless represent solid evidence of the penetration of aikido into the world’s major cultures. With this in mind, I have some thoughts about the way aikido is practiced in many schools today and its implications on the long-term development of the art.

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