Re: Are Aikido Organizations Relevant?
After reading the criteria of your essay Ross, my short answer to the question " Are Aikido Organizations relevant?" would be no.
We are an independent dojo with a couple of smaller dojos that affiliate with us.
After leaving a larger organization several years ago we could breath a sigh of relief. There is nothing snobbier than an aikido snob. I do not miss that "nose in the air" kind of attitude because of where one's dojo is and who one's teacher is.
Aikido happens on the mat between 2 or more people. The transmission of ki and attention celebrates the art. All the other stuff is not necessary and should be sloughed off so we all can practice together if we meet.