Christopher Li wrote:
Of course, how many people are at the level that S. Takeda was?
For the rest of us, size is very much a factor. It may or may not be the deciding factor, but there are very few people for whom it doesn't figure into the equation at some point or another.
Yes, it's true that Takeda and certain of his students (including but not limited to Ueshiba, Horikawa and Sagawa) attained skill levels that most of us may only dream of.
But the thing is, we can aspire to and train for those levels, If we fall short, we will still be far superior in skill to our likely opponents. Skill and attitude go hand-in-hand.