[quote=John Riggs][quote=Mary Eastland]You would not be practicing Aikido today if Uesieba thought as you did.
Again, I don't think this is about independents. It's about quality and rank being close to skill.
This statement says what I would have liked to have said. My purpose was not to offend anyone and I hope in that, I was a success. Yes, there are great independants that are worthy of the title "Sensei" I am sure, I just have not seen any. But wait, I have also seen those under a major organiation that needed room for growth but at least that particular sensei can be monitored and provided with the "corect" assistance when needed. This is another downfall to an independant, who is going to monitor them?