Re: Why so many Haters of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido?
I've encountered bad aikido in many places, including some rather well-known instructors. I've encountered good aikido in many places, including some very obscure instructors.
These days, I mostly pay attention to a dojo's students and recommendations from people I trust, not the name on the door.
I will say, however, that I've seen just as many dismissive statements about Aikikai from Tohei-derived styles as vice versa, but have seen no evidence that either side of the divide produces better students.