“Thank you for being here for us, and for shouldering
the immense burden of the entire history of aikido!”
This morning I received this most incredible email! I was shocked and humbled and share it with you now:
As always, I am grateful beyond description for your unwavering efforts to make in-depth knowledge of aikido available to all of us worldwide!
Although certain things are only possible to learn by being an uchi-deshi, this also has the effort of anchoring one’s perspective solidly in one place. Through your work spanning decades, we all have access to the knowledge of many uchi-deshi, putting us in a truly unique position of being able to add and compare multiple perspectives.
Your fearless integrity also in the face of politically established “truths” is a priceless gift to all of us, and in my humble opinion we aikidoka around the globe must recognize the truly remarkable efforts of disseminating aikido teachings worldwide, performed by four outstanding individuals, each in his own irreplaceable way:
Saito Sensei, Tohei Sensei, Kisshomaru Doshu – and yourself!!
Thank you for being here for us, and for shouldering the immense burden of the entire history of aikido!!