Re: What makes a style?
It's not so much a matter of looking down on small groups. Our organization is small and my sensei does not have a big federation or anything-he is however highly respected and skilled. It's an issue of small groups splitting off and doing their own thing when they don't have the skills to do so and then promoting from within. Weak perpetuating weaker. Suddenly, we start seeing lofty ranks with 30 year olds.