Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
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.
Two come to mind from personal experience; Chiba (who one could argue is not a deshi of Ueshiba M.) and Nariyama who is fond of saying there is no style of Aikido beyond the personal. Both these men are technically superb and extermely talented. I would hesitate to say better than their teachers because it is sort of not said but you could. All depends on your criteria and is really a personal judgement.
All of Ueshiba M.'s students would say they could never be as good as their teacher and their students would say the same.
I suppose we could ask Stanley Pranin but you know I've had a few delusions shattered in my time also.