Dan Harden wrote:
So what did Aikido cause me to do?
Sounds like Chiba sensei caused you to leave rather than aikido itself.
However, I can relate. I learned aikdio from one magnificent sensei. After returning to America and experiencing several disappointing aikido teachers I became very disheartened. Once again just reinforcing the concept that the people are the ones that make an art what it is. That is why it is so important for good people to continue in the art. If you want to feel and experience exemplars of excellence in both technique and heart I suggest training with the following people based on my own experience.
Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu
Iwao Yamaguchi Sensei (my sensei, whom I miss terribly)
Kevin Choate Sensei
George Ledyard Sensei
Patty Saotome Sensei
Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei