Re: Can I get your thoughts on my Dojo/Sense
I am a kyu-less newbie, so I have little to offer in the way of advise. I did want to share that my husband and I went through a similar experience when looking for a dojo to train at. At the time, we were only aware of one Aikido dojo within about 25 miles. My husband trained there for about a month. The "shihan" had tons of dans in several arts and claimed 10th dan in his own style of Aikido. It was more martial than the Aikido we practice now, adding a "kill move" here and there. He also held high ranks in several martial arts, although since he was in his 70's, we did not question it. When I was about to start taking it, I posted a similar thread to yours on another board where people were more than happy to point out the flaws in his credentials, and not nearly as gently as the fine Aikiweb folks have. We ended up shopping around and we able to find a new dojo that was closer to our house and the tuition for both my husband and I together is almost as much as we were paying for just one person. We are so happy with our choice and are taking in every available minute for training that we can. We have been with our dojo for about 2 months and it is like a little family. I feel comfortable working with every single person there and have yet to encounter an ego on the mat. Looking back, I am glad we made the choice we did. I think what happens is that after years of training legitimately, some people seem to get frustrated and feel they deserve greater recognition and try to take shortcuts. I think your Aikido should speak for itself. Lets just hope I keep this attitude as I progress, lol.
Good luck in whatever you do.