Re: How Long and In What Manner to Great Mastery?
Don't forget that many of the early students of Ueshiba were already well-trained judoka of yodan - godan level. Tomiki and his brother were already famous as "the Tomiki of Waseda" when Kenji Tomiki first began training with Ueshiba. His brother suffered an illness and had to stop active budo training. Many people tell the story of Tomiki being sent by Kano to train with Ueshiba, but it's not true. He met Ueshiba through Tomita and was impressed with his abilities and then Kano agreed that it would be good to train with Ueshiba. Mochizuki and one other that I can't remember just now were sent by Kano to train with Ueshiba.