what kind of federation?
This is a spin-off from the ' Alain Peyrache'-thread.
An important aspect of the EPA/ISTA is the freedom of the aikido teachers to teach and grade the way they want. In other organisations there is a grading commision (at least for the dan-grades) that decides who passes, which means they decide what kind of aikido is to be taught (unless you don't care about rank).
Of course there are indepent dojo as well.
So my questions are:
with what kind of federation are you affiliated, if any?
how close are the ties between that federation and the main organisation of your style?
and most importantly, what are the advantages/disadvantages?