Christopher Li wrote:
1) He didn't call it "Aikido" until 1942, by which time the problems between him and Takeda had existed for years.
2) "Aikido" itself was, at the time, a general category within the Butokukai, and open for use as a name by just about anybody, which lends some strength to the argument for other people using the name for their art.
3) In the end, Tomiki changed the name anyway, calling his art "Shodokan Aikido", which pretty much follows the normal naming conventions of altering the root name by adding a modifier (ie, "Billy-ryu" student breaks off and forms "Billy-bob-ryu") to both indicate the change and recognize the root art.
Thank you for filling me in on the details. (Although I had read in Aikido: The Way of Harmony
that O Sensei's art went by a slew of different names before he settled on "Aikido," so that wasn't unknown to me.) But does any of this mean it's ok to do something you've been explcitly told not to do? Sorry, I still don't agree with it.