[QUOTE]Originally posted by eyrie:
Kenji Tomiki sensei was one of Ueshiba's live-in (uchi-deshi) students. He broke away (left) from Ueshiba's aikido to form a "sport" variation of the art.[/QUOTE]
Tomiki was never uchi-deshi to Morihei Ueshiba. Jigoro Kano sent him to train under Ueshiba in daito ry aiki-jujutsu and teach it at the Kodokan, but Tomiki was already an older man and very advanced in judo, so he did not become uchi-deshi. However, he was one of two people to whom Ueshiba gave the menkyo-kaiden in daito-ryu.
He was a prisoner of war in Siberia after WWII and developed much of his method in a prison cell, where he also lost much of his health. So he never "broke away" from Ueshiba, either, but was a licensed master in his own right and taught as he saw fit.
His aikido is probably closer to Ueshiba's aikido than most current styles.