Morihei Ueshiba was a ardent oomoto-kyo follower. Rumours of him bullying his students to check out the religion abound. Ueshiba claimed that oomoto-kyo was inextricably linked to him developing Aikido.

How effective was the spread of oomoto-kyo within Aikido?

In shodokan Aikido, you would be hard pressed to see any evidence of the religion as far as I can gather despite Tomiki dabbling in oomoto-kyo at Ueshiba's advice. But other style (ki-aikido, I am looking at you) might be different.

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I am in an Aikikai federation and I have not seen any evidence of it. We have a senior student who will read some of Ueshiba's teachings in that area before we start class but that is really the extent of it.

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    Not a universal answer, but definitely one for someone on the ground. Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 14:15

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