Not that it is a bad thing, what benefits do you perceive your future students having as a result of belonging to the Aikikai organization?
That's a good point David! I'm not certain of the benefit, or even if there is any, because I have never experienced being part of an aikikai affiliated group as a yudansha. But in the aikido "world" (what little of it I have experienced), it seems to be a big deal. So I thought that maybe it would be nice to provide my students with that option should they have the desire.
My thought (which could be wrong) is that I would first need to have my rank registered with the Zaidan Hojin Aikikai in order for my students to have that option.