Re: Correlation of Aikido and Daito-Ryu Waza
While I am not knowledgable on Daito ryu, on happo giri (8 direction cut) there is a direct source for it's origin.
From:Transparent Power by Tatsuo Kimura, pg 194.
Happogiri [eight directions cut] wi the long sword, and hitori furibo [solitary swinging of the heavy club] were all techniques directly handed down from Sokaku Takeda Sensei. The long sword and the clubs made absolutely incredible whooshing sounds when Sagawa Sensei executed those techniques.
Why Ueshiba sensei did not pass on the stories of his predecessors is one of those unanswered questions. Questions, more Questions, and then some more Questions.As to Ueshiba modifying techniques, I have seen Kondo sensei demonstrate (at one of the Aiki Expo) the parts eliminated on a simple technique as ushiro kata tori irimi nage. Strike, foot trap, attack to chin, head smash. Do you really want these taught to high school students or people looking for 'harmony.'
O'sensei, following in Kano's 'simplification' (a live wire phrase) certainly followed in a more 'aiki' manner. Now how dou you really do 'aiki?'