Another thought on the matter:
O sensei himself has said that every student should develop his own aikido, and that every time he executes a certain technique, it could never be the same, so it is somehow different. That's why he never went into technical details since his techniques changed continuously, he just showed them to the students who learned by example.
That is probably why Osensei's students came up each with his own very successful personal styles. But when they tried to impose their personal styles and methods on their own students, the result was good technical skills but no really out of the ordinary talents.
In this respect, I believe that he really was the greatest and most farsighted teacher of aikido ever.
Last edited by Edward : 03-23-2003 at 08:36 AM.