Re: Becoming an instructor
Anyone can hang a shingle out and be an instructor.
If I have my facts correct, my sensei's sensei started his dojo when he was a shodan. My sensei started his dojo when he was a shodan. I started my dojo when I was a shodan.
I agree with Katherine that there is a balance if you are the instructor you still have to continue training and recognize that there is a lot of room for improvement otherwise you don't grow and your Aikido doesn't improve and you do a grave disservice to your students.