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Old 11-07-2011, 08:08 PM   #51
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Re: What exactly is an independent dojo?

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Originally posted during my 10th year in aikido (2003) and thread was revived 3 years later and now. Perhaps it will be resurrected in 2013 to mark my 20th year
David, you probably win a special Aikiweb award for being the rare OP on a resurrected thread to still be here!

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Old 11-08-2011, 09:36 AM   #52
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Why is this being resurrected five years after the OP had a very specific question from three years before that that had been resolved already!?!?
hmm. maybe because the threads remain 'open' and available for people to continue to post and reply to?
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:45 AM   #53
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For example, my old instructor never to anyone about the aikikai blue books, nor would he let you have it. That was because they do not associate with any other dojos or instrctors and do not want their students training anywhere else. They teach that the Iwama style is the only true style and that anything else you learn is garbage. The one thing they do say that I agree with, is that they got tired of all of the politics. When I left, I asked for my blue book. My shodan ranking was marked by the Late Toyoda Shihan with whom the had links to.
What is this blue book? I'm an Aikikai nidan and I've never seen nor heard about blue books. I have a card with my rankings, and I had some kind of membership card I think. Neither is blue.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:44 PM   #54
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Re: What exactly is an independent dojo?

My "blue book" is a passport-like booklet from Aikikai Hombu. It is inscribed "Aikikai International Yudansha Book" on the front and incorporates my Aikikai membership number, my Aikikai Foundation number, and my rank registration number. Mine is signed by Kobayashi Shihan and chopped by Doshu. I also received a membership card from the Aikikai Foundation at the same time.

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Old 11-09-2011, 12:35 AM   #55
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Okay. I guess I should search it out in my drawers and see if it actually is blue. I remember it as just a folded piece of cardboard, but maybe I'm wrong.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:01 AM   #56
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What is this blue book? I'm an Aikikai nidan and I've never seen nor heard about blue books. I have a card with my rankings, and I had some kind of membership card I think. Neither is blue.
when you buy "used" car in the U.S., you go and check the blue book value which shown the estimated worth of the car. same in this case, the blue book is to show you your aikido value over time, which will be less and less over the year, as older car worth less; unless it's a good reliable model or one of those old restored car, then it worth more.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:19 AM   #57
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I today bid you a good days.I will say,although my major athletic goal is to become best boxer,I trains in some Solidity techniques.I am currently seeking a boxer's licences(hope it's blue)and I hear it's a passport book;also called a bible.Let's celebrate our lovely craft.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:31 AM   #58
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Okay. I guess I should search it out in my drawers and see if it actually is blue. I remember it as just a folded piece of cardboard, but maybe I'm wrong.
It looks probably like this (maybe without the presentations of the generations of Ueshiba).
http://www.aikikai.se/dan/diplom.html
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:45 PM   #59
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It looks probably like this (maybe without the presentations of the generations of Ueshiba).
http://www.aikikai.se/dan/diplom.html
Oh, that's the dan diploma. We're talking about the yudansha card, where the shihan responsible for the grading puts his hanko. (At least I think we are.)
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:12 PM   #60
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Oh, that's the dan diploma. We're talking about the yudansha card, where the shihan responsible for the grading puts his hanko. (At least I think we are.)
The yudansha card is also in pictures a little scroll down the page.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:03 PM   #61
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Rings a bell, maybe. OK so now I know what I should be searching for
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:37 AM   #62
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"They teach that the Iwama style is the only true style and that anything else you learn is garbage. The one thing they do say that I agree with, is that they got tired of all of the politics. "

Just an observation (because I have heard this in different forms from lots of independent dojos) isn't this an oxymoron?
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:33 AM   #63
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"They teach that the Iwama style is the only true style and that anything else you learn is garbage. The one thing they do say that I agree with, is that they got tired of all of the politics. "

Just an observation (because I have heard this in different forms from lots of independent dojos) isn't this an oxymoron?
Why? Most of the politic quarrels I have encountered in aikido seems to be internal affairs within an organisation or style rather than style vs style.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:35 AM   #64
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Why? Most of the politic quarrels I have encountered in aikido seems to be internal affairs within an organisation or style rather than style vs style.
What I was trying to say is that the first sentence is obviously political, but then the dojo says it has become independent to get away from politics.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:05 PM   #65
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"They teach that the Iwama style is the only true style and that anything else you learn is garbage. The one thing they do say that I agree with, is that they got tired of all of the politics. "

Just an observation (because I have heard this in different forms from lots of independent dojos) isn't this an oxymoron?
I'd say its at least a little ironic.
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