“Aikido is a pretty funny creature since it tends to “become” the person. Old style (really old style koryu) systems tended to mold the student into the ryu due to the very rigid method of knowledge transmission. This is not the pattern today (for the most part) as there are time (a century or two) and cultural (Old Japan become secular Western Society) considerations that come into play and a lot of that no longer fits the need nor the moment.”
Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.