Originally posted by powellca01
Saito Sensei lived with O'Sensei for 23 years, if anything Saito Sensei is the formost authority on the teachings of O'Sensei. I don't know where you heard this rumor but it is obviously rediculious.
There is talk from some in the aikikai that Saito created the weapons system that he teaches. Even a couple of people who trained in Iwama(Isoyama and Homma Senseis)have stated that Saito developed his system from the weapons that O-sensei was PLAYING around with in Iwama. There is belief that O-sensei never developed a weapon's system and that Saito Sensei developed his own system from what O-sensei was doing with weapons in Iwama.
Does anyone know if Saito Sensei has ever been tested by Koryu people before against his ken or jo to see if what he teaches is truely combative?