Incidentally, I was trying to research ichi no tachi last week and found this interesting clip on youtube:
What's the story with aikiken kata number one being the same thing as Kashima Shinto Ryu's kata number one?
I am aware that O Sensei and Kisshomaru both trained Kashima Shinto Ryu, and there seems to be a strong Kashima Shinryu influence, I guess via Inaba, in mainstream aikiken.
Now...was it Saito Sensei who came up with the kumitachi that Chiba Sensei teaches? Did he just lift the first kata straight out of Kashima Shinto Ryu?
I have never formally learned the Saito / Chiba aikiken, so I appreciate any thoughts you guys might have on the relationship.