Sorry Walter Martindale. It was Andrew Smallcoombe. They are spelled almost exactly the same.
And Smallacoombe and Smallacombe are even closer.
(Aparently variations of the same - much like Amdur and AMdur?
But thanks for the info - I was wondering about the link between a Shinto exercise and an aikido training method.
I like funakogi for its development of balance. I've seen Y. Kobayashi Sensei demonstrate it to good effect.