#metooaikido posts a question each week on our Facebook page to elicit discussion about various aspects of inequities in the aikido community and how best to address them. We have received excellent responses to these questions with many thought-provoking ideas and personal experiences. If you would like to read or participate in these discussions, click on the dates to see them on our Facebook page.
If someone came to you and told you they were assaulted by someone in your dojo, what would you do? Have you been put in a position like this?
Have you ever done anything in aikido you look back on and realize wasn't appropriate? What made you realize it?
Do you feel it is appropriate for an instructor to touch a student to give "correction" without their explicit consent?
What is one thing you realized you normalized in aikido that you shouldn’t have and that you are working on personally?
Have you found any resources that were helpful in understanding how to prevent or change the aspects of Aikido culture which may contribute to abuse?
What is an issue you feel strongly about that you think the Aikido community has failed to address?
What do you think contributes to the abuse in Aikido?
What was a situation that you realize now was inappropriate in the dojo, at a seminar, with an instructor, or another dojo member? What would you have done differently?
Why #metooaikido when there’s already #metoo? How does addressing these issues affect the aikido community?
Digging deep, do you feel that you have people who would support you in your dojo if something happened to you? Would they do it publicly?
Have you ever turned a blind eye to a situation you knew wasn’t okay? How do you feel about it now?
Do you think this #metooaikido story is an isolated incident or are there more stories that have never been told?