Very nice & informative introduction. Your recognition of your teachers and what they taught you says a lot of good things about your character.
Originally Posted by Erik: They made me realize that soft Aikido means dangerous Aikido, that soft Aikido means fast Aikido and that soft Aikido means freedom in Aikido.
Very well said. I also came from a Karate background (although my experience was extremely positive). I was pleasantly surprised when I met an Aikido instructor - Vance Smith - who showed me how powerful a 'soft' approach to the marital arts can be. It changed the way I train forever.
Do you do take the Tai Chi classes offered at your school ? I think good Tai Chi adds a whole new dimension to training.