I for one would be interested in the back story to Sawada. I gather he was a student of both Chiba and Watanabe. What do you mean by they are "apparently acceptable" to the conventional aikido community? What mysterious things? Are they relevant to the title of this thread that I inadvertently started?
I meant the "mysterious things" that Walter referred to - ie, being thrown without knowing what happened.
By "apparently acceptable" I mean that I often see conventional Aikido instructors who are well known and popular in the community - but don't really give much explanation at all. That stands in stark contrast to some of the IP teachers around today.
The Sawada stuff - maybe if we go drinking sometime...