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Old 10-30-2003, 09:10 PM   #1
David Yap
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 561
What exactly is an independent dojo?

I just heard that one of our local dojo affiliated with Aikikai had declared itself as an independent dojo and I believe that it is the first and only independent aikido dojo in my country.

What exactly is an independent dojo? My brief understanding of the term "independent" is that the organisation or instructor concerned is non-affiliated to anyone or body (i.e. Aikikai or others) and it/he/she runs the organisation/dojo according to its/his/her objectives including setting the syllabus and gradings and issuing of ranks including dan grades.

Any independents out there care to enlighten me on the variations to my understanding above.



Last edited by David Yap : 10-30-2003 at 09:19 PM.
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