I'm a little surprised that Takemusu is 'affiliated' with Aikikai - you group certainly has a history with Aikikai noting Iwama/Saito Sensei (deceased). But I stand corrected. Please give my regards to Ann Sensei, Drew etc.
Will do Tom.
Indeed our association shows that you do not have to burn all your bridges.
Still, some people choose to for whatever reasons are/were important to them at the time.
Personally I think everyone should train with as many people from as many lineages as they can and not compete while they compare the similarities and differences. There is to much to be gained from the sharing and more to be lost from not doing so.