Thank you, Joe Curran Sensei, for your caring tributes to both Murashige Shihan and to Arnold Shihan. It is certainly timely to honor both mini giants of the Aikido world, if not only to exhort and encourage their respective mentees and students to now take up the cause they so painstakingly pioneered in their own fashion.
Let us all not grieve over long over our obvious losses, but rather rejoice in the fact that they existed to give us so much in terms of direction, example and vision. Let us also heed the clarion call to bring Morihei Ueshiba's legacy and vision of a Sliver Bridge for all mankind to even greater levels of achievements for all who train and persevere in Aiki.
This is the time for succeeding generations to come forth, stand up, and be counted among those who truly care and are determined to do their part in keeping Aikido alive and thriving for generations to come.
Thank you Joe, for reminding us all they we still remain a family, albeit a bit disjointed at present. The world of Universal Aiki is more than large enough to encompass us all. Gambarimashoo!
Dear Takahashi Sensei,
We do indeed live in a Aikido world which is fragmented. Perhaps this is normal? i can never understand why an art which purports to bring people together seems at times to operate in a manner which contradicts O Sensei's vision.Perhaps I am a bit of an idealist ? What attracted me to Aikido was the views of O Sensei in relation his world vision.I agree that it is time for the younger generation to carry forward the torch of Aikido , to nurture , develop and preserve the art .The fine teachers you mention Jack /Mark were outstanding aikidoka, with great talent. At the same time each of them were excellent examples of men who trained in BIG AIKIDO.Each of them were gentlemen, caring , honest and were not filled with a sense of self importance. Rather the opposite, each of them were lacking in ego , and always considered other's needs first, were modest and genuine.
They are both gone, but as far as I am concerned their work and legacy and my memories of them still inspire me .I echo your last statement.The world of Universal Aiki can indeed embrace all.
I hope all is well with you , I send you my best regards, Cheers, Joe.
Ps I liked especially your comment quote' Mini Giants'.An apt description of these two men.
Both were short on height /weight but giants nevertheless.