Thanks to everyone who replied to my post - I'm most grateful.
Bryan, appreciate your comments and I did not intend to not explore other options available- Iwama is just my preferred style and its just a personal thing.
I have nothing against other styles at all, and I have friends more comfortable with different styles and like myself they just stick with what they enjoy and feel comfortable with - we're all on the same path.....
Peter, thanks for the link and I'll follow it up tomorrow
Stefen, Otaka-sensei sounds great, do you have details of the dojo where he teaches?