Re: Poll: How strong of a connection do you personally feel to Morihei Ueshiba?
As suggested in some of the previous posts, the question should be divided into "Feel connected to the man and his philosophies", and "happy I can link myself to the linage cart".
I'm glad he founded the art -I like the art - I also like the missing components of aiki-juijitsu that modern aiki tends to lack. I'm glad, for lineage purposes,that I can trace what I've learned back to the founder. But that's only for the amusement of those who are more interested with lineage than with shu ha ri.