Re: Poll: Do you think your aikido organization would surive without its chief instructor(s)?
Aikido organizations have pyramidal structure and are based rather on charisma of head instructor. So if he disappears, members must find another charismatic teacher. It is very difficult process even with designed successor. Gasp between heads of present federations and next generation of their students is enormous so finding charismatic 6th dan instructor as a new head organization that is wide accepted by his pairs is almost impossible.
The only solution I see for the moment is kind of cooperation between heads of dojo from this organization based on friendship, and not on political games.
Otherwise organization will fell apart and a million new organizations will appear, as we see in karate example.
I sincerely hope that present federation's leaders are well aware of these problems and working hard to create such friendship.