Re: changing aikido styles (rant)
I was in a similar situation. Started out brand new to aikido in a tough as nails dojo back east in new york city. My wrists would be nearly raw by the end of the week. My forearms started to become tree trunks. The shodans would not let go and would try to hit you if you did not fully follow thru with the technique with intent or keep them at bay with atemi. Then i moved out west. I soon came to learn everywhere is not the same. Just learn what can but never forget what you were taught, Maybe if you stay long enough you can step up and influence changes.