Edward Tang wrote:
This honestly reads to me like someone who wishes Aikido was something it really isn't.
...AND the rest of the aikido world knows EXACTLY what it IS and SHOULD BE?
In my experiences and perceptions, most of us suffer from this. I think the thing that draws us to budo in general is unrest, uneasiness, "something is not quite right", "I want to learn to protect myself", "I want to learn about myself", "A deeper understanding"...list goes on.
The ones I worry about are the ones that think they have the answers. I study with several higher ranking dans, one 6th Dan in particular that has been doing this for 30 years and seems to be re-interpreting aikido and finding new ways to explore it, different perspectives, ways of doing it etc....he will be the first to tell you he has some answers, but mostly not!