Is Aikido a Martial Art ?"The Rise of the Plastic Samurai"
Henry Ellis Shihan a direct student of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei from 1957 - and a pioneer of British Aikido - Henry Ellis was one of the first ever group of five dan grades in the UK.
Aikido has changed a great deal over the years, and not for the better I dare suggest.
We now have Aikido with ribbons - no touch throws from a distance - music in the dojo - breathing through ones toes - Ki Blasts - Ki freezing of students - woolie hats - Sensei knocking apples off his students heads with his Ki.