Re: Article: Aikido - What It Is and What It Isn't by George S. Ledyard
I realized that you were talking primarily about the Aikikia but the point I was making basically exposure to the western Aikido groups does not necessarily equate with the best Aikido (your term) - same with large followings in the west. Within the Aikikai (both those teaching in the West and those not) I am most seriously impressed by Kimura Shihan of Osaka Aikikai, our friend Bryan has found his teacher in Kobe, and any number of aikiweb members have experiences of superb Aikido that does not travel that much to the west or at all
I used to say the best Aikidoists within the Aikikai have travelled outside of Japan and that may still be very true but .... I am not so sure now as I once was.
Within Shodokan the best are still here and there are some seriously good young ones - no idea about Yoshinkan.