while we are at it: may I ask you what your recollections of the role of Aritomo (Aritoshi) Murashige are, if any? I asked on this forum a couple of years ago and nobody really knew.
From bits and pieces of internet information and some educated guesswork it has seemed to me that Murashige was sort of considered "in charge" or European Aikido by the locals after Tadashi Abe left, and until he died after a crash in - I think - 1964. Do you have any first hand information?
Also, thanks for pointing out the quote by Tamura Sensei, very interesting! That could be quite a loaded and elliptical statement, however: first of all, it sort of describes the scene before Tamura arrived, so he is not really impartial: after all, Nocquet was senior to him in both martial arts experience and years, and Tamura arrived to take over Europe... second, he seems to have been in a kind of rivalry with Nocquet, sometimes sympathetic, sometimes not so, for all the later's life: there is a story that, when they first met, Tamura resisted a technique and Nocquet, who was a 4th dan in pre-olympic Judo/ Kawaishi Jujutsu just changed it and choked young Tamura out.
(Please note I am not making a statement about whether that makes sense in an aikido setting...)
So, any information about Murashige would be appreciated!
I am not usually one for forums, but there has been some very interesting threads recently which have made me dig deep into my fading memory...
I am in regular contact with Jiro Nakazono Sensei the second son of Masahilo Nakazono Sensei, I have quite a few questions I would like to put to him.......I never met Murashige, I have little knowlege of him, I had heard of him of course and the awful car crash.....I am unsure that he would have ``taken over `` ..When Nakazono Sensei arrived in France in the early sixties, Tadashi Abe was still there, they taught at the Foreign Legion together.
I have corresspondence that shows what we were already advised, Nakazono Sensei was the " AikiKai representative for Europe & North Africa " .....Then Noro Sensei arrived, I believe that he referred to himself as the AikiKai Rep to France ???????.. In 1963 I was on stage with both Nakazono Sensei and Noro Sensei at the Royal Albert Hall....Nakazono used Noro as ukie, there appeared to be a problem between them that I had not noticed before...So, did Tamura replace these two teachers in France ? Why did both Nakazono and Noro leave the AikiKai..
I will update any information when available.