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Old 05-10-2004, 02:32 AM   #19
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Re: Aikido and Samurai: a few questions

Charles Hill wrote:
1. If one defines samurai as a social class, Morihei Ueshiba was a samurai, from both sides of his family. His personality and tendencies also seem to reflect this; his ineptitude/unconcern with money, a strong interest for learning, and a love for the martial arts.
Charles are you sure about this - I remember reading somewhere that it was unusual for Takeda S. to take on Ueshiba M. because of the latters lack of samurai background. <--not sure about this at all.
3. In any discussion on the samurai, I think it is important to clearly separate what was the ideal and what actually happened.
Very much so.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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