A question, completely off topic, for Robert, but since you are clearly following this thread I thought I would take the opportunity to ask.
There is a "Paul Smith" listed as being promoted to 6 Dan in the list
on the Aikikai site. Is this the Paul Smith at Tetsushinkan?
I only ask because I see no mention of any promotion on the Tetsushinkan website. If it is, I will need to pass on my congratulations