Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 16
I have the whole review of Ellis's book sketched out on my computer and I keep going back to the ten questions--and sum up how I think Ellis deals with them at the end. I think there is a political dimension to the last four questions, based on the fact that you had two de facto centres of aikido training immediately after the war: in Iwama and in Tokyo. Morihei was training mainly in Iwama until the mid-fifties and only gradually came back to Tokyo. It is an interesting question to what extent he was aware of, or participated in, the rising tensions between Tohei and Kisshomaru Ueshiba in Tokyo. I am certain that these tensions extended right to the mat and involved how aikido should be practised and taught.
All good wishes for 2010.