And wasn't it Deguchi who urged Ueshiba to make "aiki" part of the name of his art, later? Interesting conversations indeed.
Yes, indeed. Which raises the very interesting question of Deguchi's own knowledge of 'aiki'. Some would suggest that Ueshiba learned 'aiki' at the hands of Takeda and then added all the 'spiritual' content to his art from Deguchi. My own view is that making such a clear-cut distinction is rather difficult.
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