Re: When Systems Falter
Thanks for that thought-provoking article, Takahashi Sensei. The chaos/fragmentation started many years ago. As you say it was natural and perhaps inevitable.
When karate organizations couldn't agree on a unified approach taekwondo filled the vacuum and became an olympic sport.
And judo which is extremely homogeneous but is less Japan-centric has national federations (in Japan the All-Japan Judo Federation) and then the International Judo Federation.
So - practically - should we have umbrella organizations? Or harmonization or mutual recognition of grades?
In the end most of us just want to do aikido without having to care about the politics. And as you said it should come down to respect.