This is completely just one person's opinion, but I think that all aikidoists should look at the two main points in the above sentence.
Apologies to Prof. Goldsbury for hijacking one sentence in his reply. I am very much looking forward to part 6.
Happy New Year,
I never knew O Sensei and so all my information about him is at second hand. I did, however, know Kisshomaru Doshu as well as one can from sporadic meetings, and the same is true of the present Doshu.
Kisshomaru Doshu was an immense source of information on aikido and Aikido Ichiroh
clearly shows he had something of an agenda, which was really given him by the circumstances in which he was placed from 1942 onwards.
By comparison, the present Doshu seems to have less of an agenda, perhaps because of the circumstances in which he also has been placed. He has been happy to publish translations of his father's and grandfather's works, but his own publishing output has been rather different in content.
Of course, this is something I want to explore and discuss in future columns. As an additional luxury, we can occasionally speculate on what would have happened to aikido had Japan won the war.