COMMUNITY FORUM

#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.

July 26, 2021

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?

July 19, 2021

Have you ever done anything in aikido you look back on and realize wasn't appropriate? What made you realize it?

July 12, 2021

Do you feel it is appropriate for an instructor to touch a student to give "correction" without their explicit consent?

July 6, 2021

What is one thing you realized you normalized in aikido that you shouldn’t have and that you are working on personally?

June 28, 2021

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?

June 21, 2021

What is an issue you feel strongly about that you think the Aikido community has failed to address?

 

June 14, 2021

What do you think contributes to the abuse in Aikido?

June 7, 2021

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?

May 31, 2021

Why #metooaikido when there’s already #metoo? How does addressing these issues affect the aikido community?

May 24, 2021

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?

 

May 17, 2021

Have you ever turned a blind eye to a situation you knew wasn’t okay? How do you feel about it now?

May 10, 2021

Do you think this #metooaikido story is an isolated incident or are there more stories that have never been told?