Re: Aikido Frauds
[quote=Mary Eastland]You would not be practicing Aikido today if Uesieba thought as you did.
While that may be very true, a lot of the people doing these independent "styles" are definitely not of the same caliber as O'Sensei. And that in my opinion is a big issue. Example: 3rd dan in a legitimate style suddenly becomes 10th dan in his style. One that tested no higher than 2nd dan gets eventually promoted to 6th dan by virtue of his shodans voting so. He had not been under an instructor since about 3rd dan. Other's using non-traditional titles awarded by organizations that care nothing about quality.
Again, I don't think this is about independents. It's about quality and rank being close to skill.