Re: Aikido Frauds
The "quality assurance" that some of you are looking for is going to be very difficult to achieve! This thread demonstrates some of the challenges...
1. We need to do something about these frauds ... but we can't actually name them or talk about them
2. A respectable sensei should prominantly display his rank and certification and be ready to talk about his lineage ... but be humble and not make claims
3. Of course everyone should visit multiple dojos and be on the lookout for "anything strange", but there is a rather lengthy thread at this very website debating the authenticity of "no touch throws". Now to a beginner, and apparently to a number of us that have experience; "no touch" techniques would fall into that "anything strange" category ...
Unfortunately, "martial arts" still carries an air of mystery to the general public and there will continue to be people to pray on that. If you really want to pursue some form of quality control, the "aikido establishment" whatever than may be, is going to have to be vocal about it. That includes naming names and getting specific. And then of course we are each going to in turn be thrown under the magnifying glass!