Re: Counter techniques against Judo: the process of forming Aikido in 1930s
Josh - Those are great points re Takeshita and notes. I've actually worked out/studied privately with various people who have skills I do not. And I take notes - usually brief scribbled memory aids. And there is no guarantee that I've done justice or am even accurate to what has been shown me in a cascade.
On your last point, however, Takeshita was versed in Daito-ryu. (I've never read how good he was, but -). He wrote an essay about Sokaku and knew him well. He later sponsored Ueshiba, and was instrumental in introducing high ranking military to him. In the mid-1930's, he participated personally in a well-known martial arts demo in Tokyo - he was the one demoing Daito-ryu.