"Is Aikido a Martial Art?" - Aikido Today Magazine No 98
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Henry Ellis and Derek Eastman trained with many great Budo teachers - Kenshiro Abbe Sensei - Tadashi Abe Sensei - Masahilo Nakazono Sensei - Masamichi Noro Sensei - TK Chiba Sensei.Mutsuki Harada Sensei - Tomio Otani Sensei..In the 1950s and 60s Aikido was hard and truly martial. Aikido has changed so much as students no longer want to train hard to earn the right to wear a black belt.This was a time before teachers did Aikido to music or worse Aikido with multi-coloured ribbons.There was no Ki Aikido or no touch throws. The question is often asked "Is Aikido a Martial Art?"..