Joshua Reyer wrote:
But for another, there's Hombu Dojo, which provides more opportunities for training than I'll likely ever need. But I have some concerns...
- First, the quality of the aikido there. Training and effectiveness is the big topic in aikido today, and Hombu has drawn some fire for being less than applicable. E.g., paring down of techniques, lack of atemi, and no weapons training.
- Second, some years ago I observed a class at Hombu, and from that and by many accounts it seems quite crowded. I wonder how that might effect training.
I'm not sure where you get your information, but all of the instructors from Hombu that I've trained with have made generous use of atemi in their demonstrated techniques.
I have been told that certain classes at Hombu tend to be crowded more than others (ie, Doshu's classes). YMMV.