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Old 12-01-2011, 01:16 PM   #17
Dojo: Prairie Winds Aikido
Location: Morris, MN
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 3
Re: O'Sensei teaching Aikido at the Hombu Dojo after WWII

I think Brad Darr makes some great points. It also reminded me of the incident related in Ellis Amdur's book "Hidden in Plain Sight". Apparently, O-Sensei held a seminar in the early 50's where he called in all his top students. Kanshu Sunadomari heard O-Sensei say that the basic techniques in Aikido are Kasutori and goes on to say this was a watershed moment for him and he felt very lucky to have heard him say it. Another person (I forget who), who also attended, said nothing much happened, they just did basics all week. So what kind of teacher was he?

BTW, I highly recommend Mr. Amdur's book if you are at all interested in this kind of thing. Disclaimer: I have no association with Mr. Amdur other than being a fan of his books.