Yes. It will be very interesting to see what it looks like 5-10 years from now, when we have dojos full of people like Az, who have never not
done Aikido with aiki.
Already we have people coming in from outside saying things like one guy recently, "How'd you do that? I just touched you and I'm already off balance." Hah. Secret ninja techniques.
Every now and then I'm working on this stuff with a junior student, and they get it, and I think, "Damn, why am I helping you with this? You should have to put in 20 years like I did."
Sorry Az, didn't mean to let that slip.
Well, recently a well known shihan, quite literally, told me to tank for him when he couldn't move me. I didn't - he ended up walking away and then giving a lecture about stiff "Frankenstein" ukemi.
One of his senior guys kept on asking me how I was throwing him - but we didn't have time to get into it very much.
And I'm nothing special, really.