Re: Standards of testing???
I think that people who accept lower standards are only cheating themselves. That said, we have no right to impose on the testing methods and standards of other organizations/styles/dojos. Maybe they are giving some dojos with higher standards a bad name, but we have to remember that everyone interprets aikido in their own ways, and some may value different aspects of it more than others. I don't have respect for dojos that churn out blackbelts or gloss over what i consider to be important to executing techniques, but for all i know they might not respect my dojo for something else. I don't think anyone has the authority to impose on someone teaching a different style of aikido. In the case of members of organizations on the other hand, if a dojo wants to be a part of the organization or style, they should be up to the standards of said organization.