Van Miranda wrote:
we hope to still be recognized and maintain our affiliation with hombu dojo....since being independent means we don't have any local affiliations anymore, will it not be possible for us to be recognized? ...
If you are trying to maintain affiliation with the Aikikai Foundation there are some steps you have to take and it takes time. You need to have an organization in place and meet their criteria. The organization needs to be in place for 5 years. See the aikikai website for details. The latest aikikai regulations are at the following link: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/index.htm