The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
I heard about a huge giant of a boy who was about 15 or 16 years old. It was said that he could eat one sho meshi, or 1.8 liters [1.6 quarts] of rice, at one time for lunch when he went fish- ing or on some other outing. So I immediately sent for him to come to my lodging and met him. He was really large. Then I met his parents and negotiated with them. With their approval, I brought the boy to Tokyo as my live-in student. But when he began his judo training, I found that he did not have any talent for judo, and what was worse, he was timid. He was always crying, wanting to go home. It may have been to a certain extent due to his youth, but I could have no expectations for his future, so I finally let him go home..
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