Re: Financial Obligations and Sensei
Thank you Goldsbury Sensei and Izumi for your posts. You have certainly enriched this thread. I wanted to add that when I was kyu level and in the Midwest Aikido Federation, we did receive our Shihan at our dojo once a year and we were provided with a reasonable, "standard" hourly amount to provide as an honorarium to the Shihan. It was to be in brand new crisp bills and in an envelope as you mentioned.
Since starting my own dojos, I have used what we were told then as my reference point and that seems to have worked out although I have wondered how I was supposed to know if what I came up with was satisfactory. I tried to solve my problem by just trying to go the extra mile and Sensei always seems happy and returns so I have left it at that.
Thanks again for your help.