Re: Poll: How did you find your first aikido dojo?
The university club is nearby and affordable - I'll visit the Shihan across the bay when my back gets a little stronger.
Speaking of personalities: we have six or seven instructors who train in rotation. The most genial - is the one who looks (and is) the toughest, and (carefully) teaches the most brutal jujitsu - with an emphasis on aiki! This fellow will discuss lethal knife attack points, then have us close our eyes, and still ourselves to develop 'sensitivity'.
Aikido is marvelous isn't it?