Re: aikido politics - implications on training opportunities
I have never trained in Australia. But I find that sort of thing weird. I've willingly visited dojo in and out of my federation, attended their seminars with no consequence. We've invited other federations to our seminars.
I was always told to watch out for dojo that suppress the student's desire to visit other teachers. I was told the number one reason for it is so their students won't learn anything from any one else...maybe they are afraid their students will come back thinking their schools do things wrong ??