No, he didn't say that. That's your twist on it.
What was O-Sensei's attitude when you started basing your teaching around the principles of ki?
He was jealous and told people not to listen to me. He would say, "Aikido is mine, not Tohei's. Don't listen to what Tohei says." He would peer into the dojo and say things like that, especially when I was teaching a group of women. In that respect he was quite child-like in his directness and lack of sophistication—very spontaneous and innocent.