I don't need the "This is everywhere in Asia" argument put forth by others. That is already known but does nothing to address the point. As I said to Ellis. "In regards to Ueshiba himself getting power from "elsewhere"- thats' great.....Where is the proof?"
Who else beside him (from that supposed study -real or imagined) was known for power in that era?
And what if Ueshiba studied with people that did certain exercises for health or spiritual reasons and Ueshiba used these to build his power in ways not known within DR? His 'teachers' would not be able to demonstrate power, but someone with power (e.g. Ueshiba with training in DR) might be able to use these exercises not realized by the people that taught him.
I know, 'what if' is not proof (I wish I had some actual historical data), not by a really
long shot, but it's a possibility, isn't it?