Re: Pre War Aikido, 1930 through Iwama period
I highly recommend the book, The Japanese Art of War by Thomas Cleary. It will help in learning/discovering the Japanese approach to the "truth." The reason I suggest this is that all the facts and quotes attributed to the various people above seem to be divorced from the context in which the individual spoke. I firmly believe that the original impetus for each comment lies in political or pedagogical intentions, not in discovering historical facts. I believe this to be true even with Mr. Pranin's ideas (whom I greatly respect).