Re: Differant Standards in Differant Federations
My response to this is different federations, clubs, and organizations have different standards not because they are trying to be the "truest Aikido" or the strongest style, but because each Shihan who started their federation had a different take and different goal in their organization. For instance, some federations put jo and bokken kata in kyu testing and some only test empty handed techniques. This difference is not putting down the presence of weapons or empty handed training within the other organization, but they seek to make their students specialize in what they think is important to the art as it was presented to them from O'sensei.
That having been said, some organizations promote faster than others too. This is specifically what I refering to when I had made my earlier comments about some federations have higher standards for their students than others.