Re: Aikikai Pioneers in Europe
It is true that Tamura Senseis position caused some consternation for Mr. Noro during the 60's.
I wasn't party to the discussions but I remember Messrs. Noro, Tamura and Chiba having a meeting at my late fathers house in the mid-60's. ( I was only a young child and so was packed off to bed!!)
It was shortly afterward that Mr Noro left the Aikikai and a letter was circulated (I think on behalf of the EAF) stating that neither his grade or those he awarded were to be recognised by the Hombu.
From conversations with my father in latter years the impression I got was that Mr. Noro had assumed he was to be the official Hombu representative but in fact Mr. Tamura was; a difficult situation for all concerned.