"Mislim da aikido bira svoje učenike. Zamislite, ako hoćete, aikido kao živo biće, ljudi koji se ne uklapaju u njegovu filozofiju prosto odu. Oni koji se uklapaju, možda nemaju potreban profil ličnosti za aikido, i tada se menjaju da bi postali kakvi treba. To zvuči pomalo apstraktno..."
  Shihan Gordon Jones 6 Dan



"I think that aikido seems to select it's own students. Imagine aikido as a living thing if you like, the people who don't fit into the philosophy of aikido walk away from it. The one's that do come into it, but don't fit the profile as to what an aikido person is, then they change to become that person. It sounds a bit abstract..."
  Shihan Gordon Jones 6 Dan