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Old 10-13-2013, 12:14 PM   #8
philipsmith
Dojo: Ren Shin Kan
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Re: When do you teach your personal style?

To paraphrase Okumura Sensei:

up to Sandan be technically correct; Sandan to Rokkudan introduce your own personality; after Rokkudan do what the hell you like.

So on that reckoning Sandan is when you can branch out. However, Aikido is a reflection of your personality so it's virtually impossible not to introuce some facet of yourself into whatever you do in the dojo.
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