What would be interesting now, is to take some of the doka, or some relevent parts of the kojiki, and look at various translations, to see what can be pieced together in terms of using the breath, the mind leading the ki, etc.Ellis Amdur did a contemporary reading of one of Ueshiba Sensei's speaches at aikido journal...I wonder if that text would make a good start.
Don, would you know of a particular text that exists in Japanese and english that might be readily available, and that we might suggest as a good starting place?
Jun, would you happen to have Takemusu Aiki in Japanese?
Ellis, would you be willing to look at that text with the ideas Mike has presented? I know you have a pretty strong background in Chinese arts as well...which I certainly don't have.
The article in question can be found here: http://www.aikidojournal.com/?id=744
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