And for those who keep repeating that we are only talking about three people? Please stop it. Everyone pretty much agrees there is list of greats in Aikido. It's been stated over and over. That was never an issue. The issue is...what about you? What are you doing to go beyond Shihan level with soft power? Why aren't...you...there?
What are...you... doing to get there?
Dan, the original post in this thread regarded Takeda, Ueshiba, Kodo, and Sagawa. That's actually four. Perhaps you are...too focused on one thing to remember??