Personally, right now, I've taken a short break from training in organizational aikido. If I was closer to some of the Jiyushinkai dojos, I would definitely be training with them. I love what they do. If I was closer to Harrisburg, PA, I'd train at Itten. Out in the Portland-Seattle area, it'd be with those folks out there (Chris, Jeremy, Allen, etc.) In the Boston area, I'd train under Rob. There are a lot of great places out there to practice. I'm in the middle of WV, so I find that all the places that *I* want to train are quite a ways off.
To answer your question, I call what I'm doing right now as training to gain structure with aiki as the end goal.
Thanks for your response Mark. My question was a bit 'tongue-in-cheek' but I do appreciate your response. I'm in a similar situation as you, being out in the middle of the Mojave desert. I have a small dojo in which I teach mostly young people the art of aikido as I know it, however, I now recognize the great value in what Dan and Mike have trying to pound into my stubborn head. This has caused me to have a huge shift in my training paradigm. As a result I will be attending less 'aikido proper' seminars and saving my money and vacation time for a chance to train with those that are teaching these internal skills. I am hungry for them. I am currently considering trying out this place;
as well as Harvey Kurland (http://www.aikidoredlands.org/instructors.htm
) who is teaching Tai Chi at Redlands Aikikai. Anybody know if I might be able to learn the skills being discussed from these sources?