Re: Heir apparents to shihans
I have heard it said that "successors" (other than direct family descendants) are often not designated in advance, in order not to discourage those who are not "the chosen". It is usually hollow strategy, however, as these preferences are difficult to conceal. Not naming them too early is probably a matter of protocol more than anything else.
Last edited by crbateman : 01-25-2007 at 03:42 PM.