"Word of mouth" lead me to the Aikikai Hombu in early '66. Joe Stewart, a Kodokan Judo kenshusei took me there and his brother Alan later took me to Tomiki sensei's dojo not far away at Waseda University to train with the faculty club.
I had seen K. Tohei in '64 and then the founder, M. Ueshiba and then K. Tomiki, so I feel very fortunate indeed to have these seeds planted in my mind. I was a young shodan in judo, karate, and jujitsu at the time and very hungry for more...
Lots of water under the bridge since then and now...Great memories and more Practice.