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Old 08-28-2007, 11:03 PM   #51
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Re: Why is there so much confusion about Aikido.

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Jennifer Smith wrote: View Post
www.fightingmaster.com/masters/ueshiba/index.htm
here. check out this link. nice little bio and .......
asked when was aikido established, o'sensei answered
"the day I was born."
I think the name changes are only of historical interest and don't designate any fundamental shifts in Ueshiba's approach to his art.

That there was a gradual change there is no doubt, a change which reflected Ueshiba M. himself not just the influence of his son who I think often gets a bum rap.

I personally prefer the aikido of his earlier students but that's just me however, even my teacher was sent by Tomiki to live with one of Ueshiba's later students for six years to learn excellent technique. I think the aikibudo/aikido distinction being made is a false construct.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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