Re: Towards a unified A´kido ?
I have a very simple problem with your suggestion - it would likely keep people like my Sensei as fraudulent. While in fact he is not. I learn Korindo aikido, a style that does not consider it self connected to Ueshiba, rather, we consider our founder to be Minoro Hirai, and often look at ourselves as a different M.A. My teacher studied Korindo aikido (and Judo and Karate) in Japan for several years and has kept practicing (here and in Japan) and perfecting his studies in the last 30-35 + yrs. And I would consider him as first class world wide (heard similar comments from a friend who studies Tomiki Aikido in Japan now).
I have seen Ueshiba Aikido more then once. Mostly it looks very similar, but the devil is in the details, and there, there are many differences.
My main point is -- any governing body of "Aikido" like you described is likely to count us as frauds, for no valid reason.
I have seen Ueshiba Aikido more then once. Mostly it looks very similar, but the devil is in the details, and there, there are many differences. The end result is when I practice at Ueshiba Aikido dojo I am told to correct multiple things, that I do correctly in the context of my system and vice-versa. No "Governing body of Aikido" selected by the majority of practitioners would have approved my current Dan rank or my teacher's (though in fact he currently is higher ranked and more veteran than all the other Aikido instructors here). The "Governing body of Aikido" would probably have claimed we make multiple basic mistakes and should correct things that are basic to our way of performing techniques, practicing etc.
This is my reason for asking on how you view a unified Aikido; and my reason for currently objecting for the concept you are trying to propagate. Unification the way you described is a long process that eventually turns every member of that body to a "robotic copy". Since this is against human nature, in the process, most would leave the unified organization and generate multiple other organizations.
Frauds are a problem. But the solution to it must not limit the growth of diverse Aikido dojos.