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Old 04-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #37
Chris Li
 
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Re: Has anyone surpassed O'Sensei?

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J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post
My point exactly - but much simpler put
My point was that, if everybody is "unique" then saying that Ueshiba is "unique":

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J�rgen Jakob Friis wrote: View Post
We all may honor one or the other shihan who have been defining for the type of Aikido that we do, but we all agree O-sensei was unique.
Doesn't really mean anything.

Why not evaluate him by what he did (and didn't do) in a realistic historical context rather than insisting on placing him in a heirarchy?

Of course, for obvious reasons, the Aikikai would like to place him at the top of a heirarchy - but is that really useful?

As to the Aikikai itself - I'm not opposed to the Aikikai, I myself am a member of the Aikikai, but I do think that they need to do some serious thinking about where things are going if they want to survive in any kind of a meaningful way.

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Chris

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