Re: Teaching in the times of lawsuit.
I am not in favor of teaching kids Aikido or other martial arts. It is a big risk, there are lots of complications, and is there a real need for it. We know of several high profile Aikido instructors who have crossed that line with kids/minors. What about the instructors (of any martial art or what ever) who aren't caught. I think parents should be hyper-vigilant.
The challenge is too great for the honest instructor when teaching kids. Beside what I just said there are a host of all other problems that can be faced by the instructor. It isn't for me.
Teach with one of those 10 ft poles that you can operate at one end a plastic hand that grips located at the far end of the pole. Just kidding of course, a bull whip is more effective.