Re: Morihei's changing picture.
I am absolutely not going to get in the middle of these discussions.... totally screwed things up the last time I did.
So, two things, I have trained under Saotome Sensei for over 35 years. No one is empowered to represent my views about his Aikido except me. Most of what I think is important, I have already written down somewhere. So, if anyone is interested in finding out what I think, you have only to search on aikiweb or aikidojournal.
Two, I have been training periodically with Dan Harden. Dan is on our schedule to visit our dojo three times in 2012. I don't do training that I don't think will make my Aikido better. It is 100% my focus. Any other martial style I pursue or any teachers who are not Aikido teachers with whom I train, it is to make my Aikido better. So, I think that the fact that I my students and I have chosen to work with Dan repeatedly in the past and will continue doing so in the future as long as Dan is willing to keep being so generous about sharing his knowledge, pretty much speaks for itself.