Re: Uchi Deshi?
If you want a career break now you may as well take one now! If you leave this 'till later you may never have the opportunity (due to other commitments) again. Although to get the most out of it, it's probably useful to know specifically who you want to train with. However, the Yoshinkan dojo in Japan seem to run year long courses (full-time) even for beginners (vis. Twiggy in Angry White Pyjamas). Many places need a letter of introduction from someone high-up. I would say, if you want a career break; going to Japan and doing aikido for a year would be fantastic. Not sure, what ages were you lot that have gone on an uchi-deschi program, and how much time commitment did you have to give?