Re: Counter techniques against Judo: the process of forming Aikido in 1930s
Thanks, Dan. I'm aware of that interview and have addressed it in my (ahem) book.
What we do not have is a) any dates of formal learning b) any instructor. Kito-ryu was, even then, almost extinct.
Honestly, what I think a good translation of Takeshita's diary would show is NOT that Ueshiba was claiming to be doing Kito-ryu, but that he was claiming to teach counters to judo/Kito-ryu (these words were, to a surprising degree, used interchangeably).