Mike Sigman wrote:
What's interesting is this by statement by the author of the article:
"Morihei Ueshiba apparently did not approve of the kata training method, believing that "static" prearrangement of techniques interfered with the direct, spontaneous transmission of techniques from the gods."
In other words, leaving out the bit about "from the gods", Ueshiba did not believe in using kata. He also did not believe in using randorii, IIRC. The question becomes who is right in their recommendations, Ueshiba or Diane Skoss? Ueshiba or Tomiki? Lots of questions.
I wonder if it's not something of an issue of context. I get the impression that it's referring to long katas.
Although I'm not in the top echelons of Aikido training, I suspect that there's no Aikido katas that match the length of those in other arts.