Jorge Garcia wrote:
2) I thought Barrish Sensei's positioning was pretty good too. It shows he learned some real Aikido somewhere that wasn't all ukes falling for him. (Does anyone know his background? Who was his teacher?)
I don't know all of the specifics but his was actually a school of Aiki-jitsu, before his teacher passed away he inherited the school. He then went the route that O'sensei took and adapted his form of Aiki-jitsu to Aikido. So his lineage does not go back directly to O'sensei but back somewhere into the past with the Aiki-jistu.
He very much admired O'sensei, especially the spiritual teachings and philosphy and adopted them and that is partially what led him to becomeing a Shinto priest at the same shrine which O'sensei was enshrined at (Tsubaki). Which btw there has to be something said for that because he is the only caucasion Shinto priest.