Re: Ogawa Tada - aiki techniques& training methods of Kodo Horikawa
I think you can freely offer your opinion on anything without worrying about legal slander/libel.
I can say for example, "In my opinion, that technique sucks and it will not work."
I cannot say, "John Doe totally sucks and I think he hangs out with goats at night, if you know what I mean."
That is, unless you actually had proof that John Doe hung out with goats and it was a declarative statement and not intended simply to be slanderous or speak of his character.
FWIW, I personally pretty much refrain from offering opinion or examples of other peoples videos that I do not know as I have found it will come back to bite you usually.
That is, unless I have the persons permission, and/or I feel I can offer a constructive statement about it.
For example: "In video 1, you will see the nage reach for tori, IMO, I don't think that will work in reality for the following reason...."
What I don't think is in good form is: "In video 1, Uke totally is jacked up, he doesn't know what he is doing at all, and THIS is not aikido and that guy should not be teaching."
Again, though, I will not typically even go there at all as there is just too much to come back on you at some point.
About the only ones I might do are the ones where someone post their own video and is looking for feedback. Even then my comments have to be more than "Well, I think you suck".
Usually though, I don't respond cause I don't feel I understand enough about what is going on in the video, or I don't feel I can competently give a constructive answer.
In alot of cases I simply think it is so bad I can't find anything nice or constructive to say, so having nothing positive to say, I find it best to leave it alone and move on.
Had too many hurt feelings over the years to go there.
However, if I post my own video, I fully expect and hope to get honest replies back...even bad ones...when I put it out there publically, I fully expect to take the heat...I think it comes with the territory.