Michael Varin wrote:
As far as the jo trick, I don't think it was a physical trick. I think it was more at the mental level, a form of mind control, which is what I believe aiki has the potential to be.
The jo trick is like some magic. When you know how it's done, it's simple. It only take some 20 years of dedicated practice though.
It's not a mind control. Unless you mean his mind controled his own body. Search Mike Sigman here, he gaves a reasonable explaination. Having seen similar demo by Chinese martial artists, I know it's real. You just need a lot of concentrated practice to get there.
Unfortunately, Aikido is not the best way to get there.