wow... thanks for the warm welcomes to everyone who's posted replies here. Um... in response... let's see...
Mark, thanks for the kind words... I'm still making my way around the website finding little treats everywhere. It's very nice to meet you... well, you know... e-meet you at least.
Jun, thanks to you for the welcome and again thanks for the really great work on the website. It'll be of great value to me as I progress in aikido and in life.
Jeff, I'll keep an eye out for Mr. Hearst when I'm in Austin. I plan on studying with Birdsong Sensei at Aikido of Austin when I finally make it back there. I'm not a student at UT, though... my university is north of Austin in Georgetown, but I'll definitely keep it in mind when I get there next fall.
Adrian, I actually just briefly made Rupert Parkinson sensei's aquaintence at Susuki Sensei's seminar at Yun sensei's dojo this weekend. I know Joe Bowen sensei and Brian (place last name here) sensei though... they're pretty much the 2 instructors here on base. They're really great guys; it's almost a shame that I'm leaving korea so soon after discovering aikido. This is a great atmosphere in which to learn. In any case, I'll gladly forward the greeting.
Bronson, thanks for the welcome and the suggestion. I'll definitely look into the aikido community in Austin when I get there. I'll be piddling around in Nashville during the spring and might go to Europe the spring after that where I'll be looking to broaden my base in aikido training. Right now, I'm really looking for a more traditional foundation for myself as opposed to breaking into a practice where I'm neither familiar with myself as an aikidoka nor the basic techniques of aikido. That program sounds interesting for advanced practitioners, however, thanks again for the suggestion.