Recommended reading: “Aikido Merely A Pastime?” by Stanley Pranin

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Aikido is often referred to as a sport when brought up in conversations with non-practitioners. When this happens we sometimes object to the use of the term “sport” and point out that aikido is actually a “martial art.” But if we look a little closer, we find that people often use the term “sport” in the loose sense of the word, and that what they really mean is something like a leisure activity or pastime, rather than a competitive activity. If we stop and reflect for a moment, many of those engaged in the practice of aikido today do in fact treat it as a pastime, hobby or form of exercise.

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  1. The people who pay the rent on the dojo mostly regard aikido as a pastime.

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