Re: Poll: Should an aikido instructor date a student of theirs?
I think this is where a lot of disagreement has come about. People are talking about different things. In the most part, those who are for are thinking about trusting, loving and long term relationships, and those who are against are thinking of the sexual predator.
Maybe "date" was the wrong word - open to too many interpretations. "Have a relationship with" would have been better, or "prey on" would be clearer in the later example.
I have ejected people (including instructors) from my dojo for the crime of "preying" on students. My heart is in joy when I see two entering in to a loving relationship.