Re: Training in other schools of aikido
The modern aikido dojo is not a feudal institution for the transmission of knowledge from one teacher to a small group of selected persons. It is a place that students from a variety of backgrounds, needs, abilities enter--with the permission of the instructor--and while sometimes a student and an instructor may develop a bond of loyalty, I'd say that just as often it does NOT happen.
Me, I learned early on that there are many styles of teaching, learning, and doing aikido, and that I could learn something from each of them. At the same time, I had instructors who felt they had the "one true way." Well, it was hard, because I'd fallen for the loyalty thing. But yknow what? You change dojos and its not the end of the world.
I would never be a member of a dojo that looked askance at me taking responsibility for my own training, including going to seminars or visiting other dojos.