Re: Evaluation of "Spirit of Aikido"
I was talking to a Hombu shidoin a few weeks back and I happened to mention to him what I knew of Kisshomaru from The Spirit of Aikido: that aikido was supposed to envelop/neutralize an attack by using circular movements. I raised this in the course of drawing a comparison with other high ranking teachers who preferred at times to go straight at uke--or "masu," in Japanese. The shidoin raised his eyebrows: "Kisshomaru at times would also go straight at uke." Just goes to show; you cant believe everything you read.