Mateo, what a privilege to train at the Yoseikan Hombu! No doubt you got to experience Washazu Sensei and Kenmotsu Sensei while training. Are you affiliated with the IYBF under Patrick Auge? We've trained with Roger Roy in Sherebrooke, QC and Michel Martin in Montreal under Aikido Mochizuki, and most recently with Alan McGrath's group in Ontario who splintered off of Patrick Auge.
We are a small group in Pittsburgh, still dedicated to keeping the art alive and do not subscribe to Hiroo Mochizuki's direction. The competition and ridiculous foam bats is, in our collective opinion, and insult and utterly contrary to what Minoru Mochizuki Sensei was teaching.
In reading the posts above, it's funny how opinions are made, regarding kusushi, judo, et al. All one really has to do is either read Stanley Pranin's articles or wikipedia on Yoseikan Budo, and they'll have better understanding of what Master Mochizuki was saying in that clip. Also, as you've pointed out, a lot of aikidoka have no idea how close Mochizuki came to taking over for Ueshiba. In the end, I'm glad he didn't.
As you know Yoseikan/Sefukai (politics on name usage forced Shizouka Hombu to change their name as a result of Hiroo taking over) style is very different, much more combat oriented, an obvious harder style.
We've had a lot of aikikai students visit and none of them have stayed and left their aikikai style. I presume a great many aikidoka don't like being off-balance when it's time to switch to judo or groundwork when you're first, second or even third aikido technique doesn't work. Judo is hard on the body and most aikikai practioners just really don't like getting slammed to the mat. Ratchet falls are one thing, but the feedback the ground gives from sutemi waza takes a long time to get used to.
With the incorporation of the Katori Shinto Ryu sword arts in Yoseikan Aikido, we've had a chance to train with Doug Tong in Toronto and his satellite group in St. Catherine's . http://tokumeikan.com/home.htm
and on occasion with Yukihiro Sugino Sensei as well as Sozen Sensei, the last disciples of Master Yoshio Sugino.
Still...you're experience at the Shizouka Hombu is something I'd like to experience....one day
Glad to see someone on these boards also appreciates the teachings of Minoru Mochizuki.