Re: Tanaka Bansen
I haven't been to Japan yet (though I hope to go next year for IAF 2008). Am surprised to hear that Tanaka's and Kobayashi's aikido was quite different. The Kansai aikidoka I have met over here tend to talk in terms of Osaka-area aikido as a distinct subset/style (sometimes with the implication that Tokyo aikido is somehow watered down, ineffective or too soft). In much the same way, I believe, that the old Iwama deshi looked upon Hombu aikido, as Chiba shihan once wrote.