Re: Organizations- How important are they to you?
I could care less. If the training is good somewhere, train there. If not, don't. As I'm in it purely for training, stuff like: rank, org, affiliation, etc. don't mean squat to me. If i had some desire to be a teacher or open up a dojo, I could see where it could matter. However, purely from a student's perspective, I don't see where it should matter.
Well, unless it actually prevents a student from training with whom he wants to train. I think everyone has heard stories where someone with one org was discouraged/forbidden from training with another org. Of course, that's just another reason to shy away from orgs really mattering.