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Old 11-06-2003, 09:10 PM   #13
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
For an art of harmony, these types of splits are disturbing. Aikido was evolutionary from what I am able to gather from O'sensei's history-i.e., his aikido changed with time.

The aikikai has a responsibility to maintain a certain set of standards to certify dan ranks-otherwise these minimum standards would be inconsistent and vary dramatically for everyone. So why do we have to have another separate organization because they want to practice a style developed when O'sensei was at Iwama? I think the statement about ego was pretty much on target.

I know it is not going to happen but I think people should evolve back to the aikikai and restore harmony.

My two cents.
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