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Aikidoka (合気道家 aikidōka) is a Japanese term for a practitioner of the martial art Aikido. The term is rarely heard among native speakers of Japanese, in spite of its common use as a loanword in other countries.
In the Japanese language, the suffix ka (家, -ka), when added to the name of certain activities, indicates either a person or a profession. In the martial arts, it is used to indicate one who has seriously dedicated their life to their chosen art; thus karate-ka, judo-ka, aikido-ka and so on. In English, the suffix is sometimes used to refer to a martial artist who concerns themselves primarily with the outer form of their art, and who professes a deeper understanding than they actually possess.
- Friedl, Sensi. "List of Aikido Terms". Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Nicklaus Suino (2007). Budo Mind and Body: Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts. Shambhala Publications. pp. 47–48. ISBN 978-0-8348-0573-6.