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Old 01-07-2005, 06:07 AM   #20
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
Re: Poll: Do you think your aikido organization would surive without its chief instructor(s)?

Peter's comments underscore the problem here. I think most non-Japanese members at a senior yudansha (20 plus years of training) level will struggle with being told here's the son of your leader's organization. Your job is to train him to teach you or be your chief instructor. In some cases the process here is not started at an early age but rather when the son is much older rather than like the doshu now being groomed. It's happening with one organization now and rumors have it that it has caused a major political rift. Time will tell.
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