I've never trained under any Iwama Style dojo, instructor or seminar. However, I've been getting interesting in Iwama style weapons recently because I find them interesting.
As soon as I read the message of the breakup the link took me to the Aikido Iwama Ryu France website where the Message from H.Saito Sensei is posted. There I went to read M.Saito biography and quote: "He is the only true Aikido weapons specialist and his way of teaching the use of these weapons has become the benchmark for the whole world."
I have to say that I completely disagree with this statement, and I can see why some people in this thread has comments about the Iwama Dojo saying comments that Aikikai is not true Aikido.
Anyway I'm really sad that there has been another break in Aikido and I wish all of the Iwama Style students good luck in their independece.