OK, now I'm really lost...
Anyway, Saotome (for example) has been calling his folks "shihan" for years without any approval (or interference) from hombu. I suppose that it's an internal title, but does it matter?
Here is the disconnect for me and I'm trying to get clarification.
1. Shihan in Saotome's ASU are internal and do not cross into other organizations.
2. Shihan in Aikikai Honbu are internal also, but do cross into other organizations.
If that is true then it doesn't exactly seem, well, fair.
If that is true, then does the Aikikai recognize Wagner Bull as a shihan across organizations? Or just a shihan in his organization?