Les Kelso wrote:
Are Aikido Dojo Chos and Instructors so incredibly thin skinned and afraid of comments and criticism they would punish their black belts for communicating their observations and beliefs?
Sure there are. But just as importantly, it also requires that the students buy into the system. People talk about "punishment", but there's really nothing that an instructor can do to you unless you let them do it. Kick you out? Sure, but if they would kick you out for raising a valid issue than you probably wouldn't want to be there anyway, so it seems like more or less a moot point to me.