Re: Article: Aikido - What It Is and What It Isn't by George S. Ledyard
It is clear that a lot of thought and experience went into the article. I'd like to add my commendation.
There are things that I would disagree with mainly in regards to the best Aikido being found outside of Japan. I know little of Aikikai Hombu but even within that organization there is some awesome Aikido available in this country. Several members from Aikiweb have discovered that and go out of their way to make regular trips to Japan if not to study there for extended periods. All three Aikidoka mentioned in your article are products of that system.
I'd also say that the article reflects where your Aikido has taken you. My opinions, certain to change as my experience increases, differ from yours in several aspects. I wonder, as my time in art approaches yours, if there will be a convergence or not.
Still - well thought out, well tempered. Thanks for the article.