George S. Ledyard
This change came about suddenly and our ASU members have been busy communicating about what it all means for us. One thing that is abundantly clear is the deep connection we all feel for Ikeda Shihan and that there will be a very close relationship between the people in the ASU and whatever organization that Ikeda Sensei creates going forward. Everyone is very committed to not allowing this change to effect the friendships that we have all forged over a period of thirty to forty years.
Dear Ledyard Sensei,
First question is this did Ikeda Sensei leave the ADu voluntarily?The announcement was very nice,all very nice phrases but I might be cynical here.It seems to me Ikeda Sensei was being made redundant.
As far as everybody being chums I doubt this will happen.One group will join Ikeda Sensei the other will remain with Saotome Sensei.As Phil Smith stated earlier this type of situation has been happening for years.So I hope I am wrong.Time will tell, Cheers, Joe[the old cynic].