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Old 04-01-2004, 09:09 AM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
As you teach, you will find there is more personalization of your aikido and its interpretation. I guess the biggest issue you face is will this cause you problems in your current organization. If they are very rigid in what they want taught, it could be a problem. Your students need to learn what they need to pass examinations but I've always been in favor of a broad exposure. Although I tend to stay with aikikai instructors (have also been in Ki Society), I do look at different aikikai shihans for how their viewpoints can enhance my aikido and my students knowledge and understanding of the principles.

Some organizations, however, do not look kindly on studying the materials of others. It's their interpretation or the highway so to speak.
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