Is it a Way or a Business?
On the subject of ‘stealing' students, look at it from the student's point of view...suppose one sees a class and admires the ways of Instructor A, in order to study with that instructor one must sign up for classes at Dojo Incorporated, which is offering his teaching services. In the event of a falling out where the services of Instructor A are no longer available at Dojo Incorporated, is the student not allowed to exercise his/her own judgment in supporting and following the teacher who they chose to study with in the first place? In entering the Gate, is not budo supposed to encourage one to grow a spine? In such case, is aikido a business or a Way?