Re: Article: An Aikido Journey: Part 10 by Peter Goldsbury
Dear Mr. Goldsbury:
Thank you very much for your reply. We often hear of the postwar deshi talk about their "special relationship" with O Sensei, with several people who were there at the same time going further by saying they each were the "favorite uke" of O Sensei. Hmmmm....We even know of one famous shihan whose books say he was a deshi of the founder since 1955 but when you examine the records he only started in Hombu dojo in 1960. So obviously we are looking at "deshi inflation" because proximity to the founder is normally equated with the purity and righteousness of one's aikido. I am glad to hear that your teacher, at least, doesn't buy into this. The endless arguments about which deshi was closest/most faithful to Osensei are like an argument about which apostle was closest to Jesus Christ.