Interesting and amusing reading, It surely is a pity that you missed Chiba Sensei, he is one of the last to consider Aikido a Martial Art.
It is good to read that in Sensei's absence his students did not dissapoint you.....We read so often where visitors are treated badly when visiting another dojo, I actually envied your welcome, good training, good beer, and good food. One cannot ask for much more..
Take good care my friend.
Aikido in MMA