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Well...he was. You had to be crazy to take on social reform in the time he did in Japan. There was a revival of the Samurai mentality that shaped the Japanese military and Nationalism that thrusted Japan into the WWII. Japan and their mighty new romantic revival of being Samurai once again led to the slaughter and hideous practices by the Japanese army. Massive wide spread raping of women in the Philippines, The Bhutan death march. The senseless butchering of the Chinese people. The Japanese military where in lock step with Hitler. It was a time where the Japanese Emperor Hirohito was thought of as literally a god. His people never saw him or hear his voice until Japanese surrender. It was a time of much killing and brutality under the call of nationalism and a return to the past. But the Founder, not completely void of such feelings or views did do a turn about. He seen the value in compassion and peace. To achieve his goals for his country he had to be the nail sticking up risking being hammered down.
I was told a story about my sensei's father who became a Christian. For Japanese to be Christian is a big deal in those days around the late 1800s, being a Samurai. I will make it brief, as it is a long story. My sensei's mother died and my sensei's father was over-whelmed with personal grief. Japanese are not well known in those days for compassion toward each other. During his period of grief, he happened to run into two Christian nuns. Upon seeing his grief they
It would be wrong to post this long response to the tread, the response is best posted as a blog.
There are times when laying upon the grass on a perfect spring day, alone peacefully starring up the sky watching clouds as they move by is a lost art of clearing the mind. We did it as children, we lost it as adults when we need it the most.
No one debates Aikido didn't come out of traditional Japanese samurai combat jujutsu. That is a fact. The Samurai were serious business, most were fierce warriors who lived and died by the sword. Samurai fought for their lives with the loser ending up dead more often than not. Aikido is an adaptation of the Samurai killing methods both empty hand and weapons. The Founder reworked jujutsu to the frame work of modern Japanese attacks which too were born from traditional Japanese martial attacks. Mounting isn't a componet Aikido or Samurai combat paradigm.
Aikido doesn't deal with mount or use the mount. It is outside the samurai paradigm Aikido drew from. If it wasn't effective to sit on top of a samurai suited in armor who had fallen on his back and punch them or work pins. There was no need to use a mount.
Mounting wasn't a practical move for the Samurai. Imagine yourself cladded in any period traditional armor, it will have a range of movement restriction and weight. Out of that element come jujutsu techniques we see represented in Aikido. No Samurai in armor would mount another Samurai. It is easier to grab a sword whe