Re: Are we really doing O'Senseis Aikido?
Im not sure where to start, there is such a basic misunderstanding.
If the definition of Aikido is "Unification with the Universal", you tell me one person in the world today who is doing this?
How can you contradict someone as eminent as Arikawa?
Also, technique is NOT Aikido.Just because someone is practicing technique, it does not mean they are doing Aikido.
O'Sensei took the teachings of Takeda, and develped them further into principals and tools to find Aikido.
Look at weapons work. They are AIKIJo and AIKIKen. They do not teach how to fight with a sword or jo, but thats what people believe. The ken and jo are tools to be used for solo practice when partner practice is not possible. They are used to hekp find Aikido.