Hi George -
And it remains to be seen if the new leaders are seduced by the mantle of leadership. So long on the doorstep looking through the window and finally gaining entrance. What, I wonder, will the effect on them be when the power and prestige passes to them?
So far, for the ones who have already stepped up, guys like Greg O'Conner, Clyde Takaguchi, etc it seems to be working pretty well. Like I said, I just don't see that there is that much "power and prestige". It is simply a different time than it was when there were ten Japanese Shihan running all of American Aikido. There tons of us. There will be many small organizations rather than a few large ones. Sure, there will always be a jerk in the mix. But I don't see the role warping people in the future as it perhaps did in the past. People just don't have the same "buy in" any more. I am sure there are times when we wish they did... but it's probably healthier this way.