Re: Article: Ellis Amdur, "The Use of Weapons in Aikido Training"
The easy answer Ellis is no. It was not made for that. Osensei took bits and pieces from real sword work and modified some or most of them to fit his goals in teaching aikido. I have read that some of our kata is done exactly the same as the ryu from which it came from. I have done seminars with an instructor that teaches a koryu and I see bits and pieces of it in aikido. I don't think anything that Osensei stole came from there, but there is a resemblance. Aikijo and aikiken teaches principles and helps emphasize our foot, hand, and body movements. Just as it was designed for.
See ya when you come to the DC area next year for the seminar.