Re: Aikido and Budo
Hello Mr Kasavan,
Well, Yamada Shihan was one of the examiners when I received shodan (he was visiting the UK at the time). So I myself do not see him so much as the head of the USAF, though perhaps this is how the majority of Aikiweb members from the US might see him. I see him rather more as a very senior instructor in relation to Doshu and the Aikikai and he is one of the few senior shihans in the IAF who tells me exactly what he thinks.
In the interview there was a mention of 'pure' budo, but I wonder whether there ever was a time when budo was 'pure'. In Japanese culture the concept of purity has a significance it lacks in some other cultures.