“Appearing foolish for having doubted Morihiro Saito Sensei!”

In the early phase of my long association with Morihiro Saito Sensei which started in 1977, I doubted that his aikido was closely rooted in O-Sensei’s teachings because of the apparent differences in the way these two masters performed their techniques. Moreover, I managed to communicate to Saito Sensei my skepticism about the “authenticity” of Iwama Aikido even though my Japan speaking ability at that stage was rather limited. To his credit, Sensei was very amused by my pronouncements and simply laughed at me. In retrospect, this was very rude on my part and served as a good lesson as will soon be apparent…

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