Don't know and actually don't really care. The week I spent watching classes prior to starting told me everything I needed to know abt the instructors.
Our style is kooky anyway. We have guys with brown belt, white stripes. That's like the second belt after white. And everyone wears hakamas. Most of the time, you can't even tell who's a newbie until the action starts.
Wouldn't it be cool to train aikido in street clothes?