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Old 01-06-2004, 03:01 AM   #2
happysod
Dojo: Kiburn, London, UK
Location: London
Join Date: Oct 2002
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1. Standards: We definitely have a minimum standard for each grade, but there is quite a spectrum within grades from a technical point of view.

2. Does it matter? Nope, I do my own thang

3. Grade chasers: never really last so after 3-4 years they're gone anyway, so why worry

4. Blue collar response? None, it's their problem not mine, only affects you if you let it.

I don't consider myself an aroitor of aikido or even hold any of the answers to "true" aikido, so the only areas where I do hold strong opinions is

i) Personality cults/cliques and any abuse of students resulting from such nonsense

ii) impractical techniques taught as self-defense. Quite happy for the more esoteric aikido techniques to be taught, they're fun to learn, but if they're misrepresented as "defence", yes I do get annoyed.
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