"Imitate me as I imitate O sensei. Understand me as I understand O Sensei."
If the above statement was made by a direct student of O Sensei, who do you think is best qualified to make that statement? Why?
Thanks for sharing your thought.
Well, any of his students would be qualified to make it, but it would carry a different connotation for each. For example, from Nishio sensei it would mean "don't imitate me" but from Saito sensei, it would mean "imitate me".
Don't mean to disparage Nishio-sensei, by the way. Just making the point that instead of direct imitation, he found his own way a bit.