Shinkendo strikes me as slightly amusing.
Hmmm....I'm sure Obata Sensei would be *real* amused...
I just wouldn't say that in the same room with him....
The Japanese feudal military aristocracy.
A professional warrior belonging to this class.
What this doesn't mention is that said class was abolished in the 1800s. Sooooooo....since Aikido was created in the 1900s, I wouldn't be too quick to ascribe it some great 'samurai' status. Not without wincing a bit at the same time. That said, there are some customs loosely borrowed from that class which we see in aikido. I don't think we should deny that...just perhaps not make too much of it.