Just wanted to start a thread about something I've been curious about.

O' Sensei seemed to have trained a great many Aikido practioners. Even during his life time, many of his top students decided to break away from what he was teaching and do it there way.

Why was this? I know there may be many long and complex answers, but I think it is interesting that a lot of this top students decided that Aikido needed to be changed.

Some notable Aikido mavericks:

Kenji Tomiki
Minoru Mochizuki
Gozo Shioda
Koichi Tohei

All high ranking students under Ueshiba who went their own ways. They had various ideas they implemented, from developing ones Ki through specific exercises, to introducing sports contests in Aikido, right through to adding Judo and Karate to Aikido.

Clearly, these people felt the need to change what they had been shown. How much of this was political, and how much of it was, as they saw it, for the genuine benefit of Aikido?

Myself, I only know some of Kenji Tomiki's story, but I'll post that later!
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