William, not to pick on you, but would you say that reading your prior posts would be a good example of someone with a lot of credible prior experience in martial arts that was fairly vocal in challenging the "value" of focusing on IP but then had a rather eye-opening experience once you got hands on time with people credibly training it?
Absolutely correct Budd. I was skeptical at first and it got contentious at times between me and the main promoters of "Aiki" here on Aikiweb. Now, having seen and felt "it", and more importantly, understanding what the heck they're talking about...I straight up apologized to Dan Harden for being so ignorant. I am now humbled and excited for the opportunity to take my practice to another level.