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Old 06-13-2012, 02:59 AM   #20
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Date: Jan 2008
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Re: Why people don't like Aikikai?

Christopher Li wrote: View Post
Well, I'm not a child and Doshu ain't my Dad .

I've said it before, but the family art model doesn't really work, IMO, with a large international organization composed of people who have never met each other. I know a lot of 6th dans who have never been to Japan, never met the Ueshibas, and whose name Doshu wouldn't even remember. Where's the family?

Of course, everybody's free to leave, and that's a big problem - for the Aikikai.

The people who walk out don't really lose much, because they weren't really getting much in the first place. If the Aikikai, on the other hand, wants to keep things together, then they have to create a model that gives people some reason to stay and send them money.


Dear Chris,
Over a forty year plus career in Aikido my personal contact with the Aikikai/Doshu could be put on the head of a pin.My Aikido has been formed by a few individual teachers over the years.Other parties namely every student I meet or have met have assisted me and I am indebted to each person for this assistance.Cheers, Joe.
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