Re: Shodokan, Tomiki, Aikikai?
Bryan is right James - on both points.
Tomiki and his brother were introduced to Ueshiba by their friend Nishimura. They were fascinated by the technique and obviously impressed by the man. Tomiki at the time was 24 years old, strong, confident and critical. Ueshiba about 41 was in his physical prime as a martial artist - quite impressive judging by pictures from around that time. There was no need for a fight for each to know the others abilities.