Darin Hyde (darin) wrote:
So what does all this have to do with burakumin?
Unlike the Japanese cultural attitude towards the burakumin, I believe the aikido community cannot afford to be in denial about instructors and schools who lack credentials or mix other types of martial arts with aikido and label it as "Aikido".
If John Riggs had no contact with this 7th Dan, then when a prospective student asks him about this instructor, he could not say anything from personal experience. To say, "That person knows nothing about aikido." or "I have nothing to do with that school." means nothing to a prospective student. If we cut ourselves off from knowing what's going on around us, we're doing ourselves and others a disservice.