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Old 12-17-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido Alliance Australia Inc.
Location: Melbourne
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 60
Second Australian-based Official Hombu recognised organisation

Is it not time to introduce a second Australian-based Hombu recognised Aikikai Aikido organisation to Australia?
There has been only one official representative organisation for Aikikai Aikido in Australia for the last 40 years. They currently have approximately 200 members Australia-wide, yet they have total power and control over Australia. Is this democratic and fair?
There has not been a Hombu resident Shihan residing in Australia for decades. I believe that Australia desperately needs closer contact and more direct communications with Hombu, Japan. Australia needs more Hombu instructors coming to Australia to hold Seminars for all Aikido lovers, regardless of their affiliations. I believe that Australia, with the population of over 22 million, has the potential for increasing membership dramatically if Australian Aikidoka were given the right to free choice of two official Australian-based organisations. The only difference between them would be the way that they were managed and run. If you did not like the way one was run, you could move across to the other without loosing anything. Wouldn't that be nice?
What do you think about the option of free choice for Australian Aikidoka by petitioning Hombu for a second option? Is it worth petitioning Hombu? Would you join me in doing so? Can we make a difference? Should we at least try?
Please, people who are happy with the way things are in Australia, do not use this discussion opportunity to attack anyone, stay happy with what you have and let other people speak their minds.

Last edited by aikidoaddict : 12-17-2009 at 11:10 AM.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
Dojo: Central Coast Aikikai
Location: Gosford
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 65
Re: Second Australian-based Official Hombu recognised organisation

My organisation is working towards that goal at present though it is only early days.

Though not sure about the Kenkyukai's official position in the scheme of the Aikikai, I believe their certification comes from the Aikikai.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
Dojo: Zanshin Kai
Location: Birmingham
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 865
United Kingdom
Re: Second Australian-based Official Hombu recognised organisation

Paul Araki-Metcalfe wrote: View Post
Is this democratic and fair?
If you want fairness and democracy I wouldn't join the Aikikai or any Japanese budo organisation, the Aikikai runs by the iemoto system.
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