Only in Bud can you suck at teaching and get away with it. If you claim to teach swimming...and your students drown in a pool...you suck at teaching.
Internals and Aili are a great model. A singularly great model. Demonstrably great model.
We need to step up and admit...we suck...so we can fix it, and not claim the model is flawed.
Mary brought up testing. Fine by me.
We can be tested for martial ability
We can be tested for Ki/aiki under pressure
The real problem is that people.... can.....be tested. and THAT is what is pissing people off. They fail over and over, time and time again and they are mad to be thirty years in and it is obvious.
As one ICMA grandmaster said:
"You cannot pretent dantian, you will be found out!"
The "real true martial artist" you mentioned? They don't mind failing, they see it as an opportuniy for growth!
I think you are deliberately misunderstanding this. You know we have different criteria and motives for testing. You are using this as platform to market yourself. Which is fine by me. It seems like a really good way to do seminars. (no sarcasm intended)
I don't know how you appeal to so many Aikido people when you disparage their art...maybe you are just speaking what they really fear in their own minds.
Carston...don't be sad...it is all good. By the way, do you wear a Hakama?