Gozo Shioda was the founder of Yoshinkan…

I am sitting at home and browsing the web because it is cheaper than going out.  I did a search on “Angry White Pyjamas” and found this website, which contains the following sentences:

Gozo Shioda was the founder of Yoshinkan and he was the student of O-Sensei or Morihei Ueshiba like other founders of aikido. Based on the teaching of the O-Sensei many students have opened their own schools of aikido.

Now, it’s true I’m a liiiiiiittle drunk right now, but, as a native English speaker, I think it is fair to say these sentences are quite funny.  Let’s parse them a bit:

  1. “Gozo Shioda… was the student of O-Sensei or Morihei Ueshiba…”  Yes, I’ve always been confused about that myself…
  2. “…other founders of aikido” were the students of O-sensei or of Ueshiba.   Wow!!!  I never knew that!!  …err, how many founders were there…?
  3. “…many students have opened their own schools of aikido…” based on the fact that O-sensei taught you should open your own school of aikido?   Wow!  I never knew that!  I guess I will be opening my own school soon…

I think this blogger has, for some reason, chosen to write in a language to which he is not native.  More power to him… as long as I have whiskey at hand!!!

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