Re: Birankai in relation to USAF Aikikai
It is a very long story. But the short version goes like this.
The USAF was at once broken up into three sections in the USA. The East, Mid West, and the West. When the three decided to merge into the East, then to just the USAF, there were a few who decided to just start their own associations. Chiba Sensei was one of them. He remains friendly to USAF. He still teaches at USAF seminars once in a great while but from what I understand, he didn't really teach many seminars int he first place.