Aikido and Nationalism

Aikido, as we all know, is a non-political martial art which does not distinguish between different nationalities and beliefs. On the other hand, as a worldwide organization, aikido is divided mainly according to national boundaries and many of the problems affecting the art seem to be disputes (over grades, for example) which arise because of such national boundaries. The issues discussed below involve serious questions of cross-cultural understanding, which lie at the very roots of our understanding of the art and why we practice it.

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