Re: Pre War Aikido, 1930 through Iwama period
Thank you Mark for sharing. Most Aikidoka are unaware of this history totally, refuse to admit or stubbornly will not accept the fact. Aikido has been tainted in some many different ways. The fact remains that the original practitioners methodology has been lost to a larger degree and ridicule for it's martial application (newaza, sutemi waza). As I indicated earlier, only the peace loving, soft flowing methods receive the greater acceptance as the "Real" Aikido. We have to accept Aikido as more than soft flow. Aikdio can be very martial and that was the intent. That means accepting newaza, sutemi waza as Aikido. Historical evidence supports these methods. It was practiced by the earlier practitioners and some Aikidoka today.