Don J. Modesto (Don_Modesto) wrote:
Maybe. But in this country, with its multitude of Jpn SHIHAN, independent might have the meaning of affilitation directly with HONBU, bypassing the locals, although I don't know if these conditions apply in Malaysia...<snipped>...
Thanks, Don, for the regulations on affiliation with Aikikai. As a rule, Aikikai Hombu does not accept direct affiliation from a sole dojo. Hence, for the dojo in question if it still seek recognition from Aikikai, it still need to affiliate itself with a body that is recognised by Aikikai Hombu. That's not a problem as precedently (as everyone knows)Aikikai Hombu does not stop member bodies from accepting cross-border affiliations. For example, there is another body in Malaysia that claimed recognition from Aikikai Hombu and the sponsor is an Aikikai Shihan residing in New York, thousand of miles away and only give instructions probably once a year for a day or two in a closed seminar.
What one is "independent", does one call his/her art "Aikikai Aikido" or "My Aikido" or just "Aikido"? The art of aikido is beyond techniques, the goal is character and spirit - and it is non-gradeable.