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As the site seems to be becoming more and more popular (especially via the YouTube channel I think), I tend to receive more and more requests for participation in various projects. Given my geographical location and my schedule, it is sometimes difficult to accept everything, but when a request does not require that I invest hours and hours of work, I do my best to participate. Until then, I did not know much the podcast format, but my recent participation in the Scientific Skepticism program on the subject of the history of aikido made me realize the interest and the importance of this medium. Indeed, the format podcast is particularly convenient to produce since it does not require image, only little editing, and little post-processing. It also reaches audiences who may not be able to read long articles or view videos on YouTube, especially those who commute by car, etc.

I was recently invited on the Tofugu podcast to talk about the practice of aikido in Japan. Tofugu is a website about Japan, and in particular, it is specialized in the learning of the Japanese language through the discovery of its culture. It offers a number of articles in its blog section, as well as a fairly popular podcast. I invite you to listen to our discussion. Nothing had been prepared ahead of time and the discussion was virtually unedited. It is sometimes difficult to approach a subject as vast as aikido under these conditions but I hope to have presented it as clearly and positively as possible. Do not hesitate to tell me how I could improve a possible future benefit of this type.

Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
Founder of the site in 2007, Guillaume is passionate about Japanese culture and martial arts. After practicing Judo during his childhood, he began Aikido in 1996 and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 2008. He currently holds the ranks of 5th Dan in Aikido (Aikikai) and 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (Takumakai). Guillaume is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology. He lives in Tokyo and trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.
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