I have a question for you Yoshinkan types out there. I'm in the process of reading "Angry White Pyjamas" which, if you havn't read it, is about a guy who goes through the Riot Police Aikido course at the Yoshinkan headquarters dojo in Tokyo. I was shocked by the physical and mental brutality (both in the Riot Police course and in the normal classes) the author describes and wanted to know if this was for real. I've read some other books about the Yoshinkan style and it didn't come across that way to me, but I've also never had the opportunity to train with any Yoshinkan people either.
What I read was so far removed from my Aikido experiences that I just can't wrap my mind around it.