Larry Camejo wrote:
[url=http://www.aikidojournal.com/article.php?articleID=34]It depends on who's tradition imho. Did the first Doshu actually learn Ueshiba M.'s Aikido at Hombu or someone else's? There were in fact many uchideshi who were more technically proficient (and senior) than him during his coming up as Doshu. (snip)
Granted, that's true. But if someone wants permission to teach lineage Aikido, they don't go to those uchideshi, they go to the Doshu, don't they? In other words, the idea of orderliness in order to preserve a line is entrusted to the Doshu for a reason going back a long, long way. Wouldn't you agree?