Re: Poll: Should an aikido instructor date a student of theirs?
"Aikido is a cult of personality."
I could not disagree more. Aikido is much more than the person who teaches it and the students who learn.
I feel that teachers can relate wonderful Aikido without accepting anyone's power. A dojo that fosters this kind of atmosphere is much healthier than an establishment that proclaims that one person has influence because they have practiced Aikido longer than than everyone else.
I have belonged to an organization that was a cult of personality. I hated it.
I now belong to another organization where the emphasis is on the art of Aikido not on the instructor's personality.
Adults who practice Aikido are just that; adults. They can only give their power away. It can not be taken from them.