Re: Are we really doing O'Senseis Aikido?
NIce post, Cliff.
I think any dichotomy between static and non-static (and that seems to be what is alluded to here) is flawed from the beginning. Both can (and in my opinion: should) be taught from day one, they are complementary. If taught correctly, of course, but that is true for anything. Mindless repetition of kihon is as useless as mindless free flow.
FWIW I have never understood the self-congratulatory pride some people take in claiming that static should be exclusively practiced for ages. If you so please, go ahead, but why imply that other approaches are inferior?
To the best of my knowledge Tissier's students practice against resistance quite a lot. The guy in question may not have, who cares. Or maybe he just did not want to get involved in a game of who's got the longest ... static endurance.