Linda Morimoto wrote:
Many thanks for the illuminating replies, I am not in any way trying to suggest that sensei's of that calibre are 'suspicious', and I agree that MA frauds are not a good thing, someone could get seriously hurt.
As Hombu dojo already has a mechanism in place to do the lineage research, I wonder if it would seem a little presumptuous to them for further measures to be taken such as trying to establish an equivalent of a 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval' for aikido dojos or organizations. (ok, getting ready for some real serious flaming)
I do not think your post needs any flaming. However, I would think that the Hombu Dojo feels that the 'seal of approval' exists already, in the regulations it has for giving Official Recognition to aikido organizations established overseas. The regulations for dan ranks apply in Japan as well.