Brian Kagen pick: “Ellis’ post about cover-up and Ueshiba” from aikiweb.com

“In other words, as far as the Butokai was concerned, “aikido” is less a “”classification’ for demonstrating ‘the way of aiki'” than it is a mutually agreeable label for a bureaucratic section that was developed so that the aikibudo and jujutsu guys wouldn’t be under the control of the judo section of the Butokukai. No specific example, no broad distinction. No technical significance whatsoever.beyond the sociological recogniion that the aikibudo people were a bunch of bitchy little Heathers who couldn’t play nicely with others, or each other, so it was best to give them their own little padded room.

Any claim broader than that isn’t much more than grandiose wish-fulfillment and retrospective projection, something disgruntled humans looking to a prior golden age from the perspective of an oh-so unsatisfactory contemporary world have been doing for millenia. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

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