Videos of Kuroiwa in his civvies are really what inspired me several years ago to take off the hakama and gi and rank and belt, and just get in there and train. And cross train with all kinds of people in all kinds of arts.
I'd known he was friends with Nishio. It figures. Two of the most renegade aikidoka who remained in the good graces of the Ueshiba's and Aikikai. I think that had to do more with Aikikai knowing they'd really lose something important, rather than the other way around.
Around 2007 or so, after I'd been despondent after Nishio's passing in 2005, this video inspired me to take off the garb, and get out there among some great martial artists, and just jam. Surprisingly, we all found more common ground than we expected.