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Old 05-12-2012, 07:57 AM   #51
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Re: Masters of the Universe, the Aikikai and the Shihan Certification

Chris,

I appreciate your continued efforts to explain things to me. Just a couple more points...
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You know - nothing in the blog post is new (although some people seem to think it is). The original post by Tani was made because of similar discussions here and on Aikido Journal, and the topic has resurfaced periodically in both those forums. At those times I've said - pretty much the same thing. Unfortunately, no further public comment has been forthcoming.
Of course I know that nothing in the blog post is new. It was me that pointed out that your references are a decade or more out of date. The only reason for public comment is in an alleged email correspondence that you can't share. That is why I am advising you to contact Mr Tani directly. At the moment your communication method looks like that of taking it to the extreme of publicly suggesting an international NPO with world harmony ambitions can be compared with the oppressors of millions of African Americans. You understand Japanese and are capable of explaining your case privately in Mr Tani's native tongue. Why the preference for negative PR in the Anglophone blogosphere?
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Because a clear set of regulations applied across the board (which is what you would normally expect) would solve the problem
Your attempt to clarify your statement on the different concepts of regulation doesn't make this look like a simple thing. You haven't even proven that across the board regulation is not the case now.

The process of regulating this kind of thing appears just as complicated and nuanced as any other kind of international/cross-cultural diplomacy.

Carl
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:43 AM   #52
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Re: Masters of the Universe, the Aikikai and the Shihan Certification

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At the moment your communication method looks like that of taking it to the extreme of publicly suggesting an international NPO with world harmony ambitions can be compared with the oppressors of millions of African Americans.
Well, yes, it's meant to be somewhat satirical. Would a post that starts with He-man be otherwise?

I really think that you're asking for it to be more than it was meant to be. If it starts some conversation (and it has, the "Benefits of the Aikikai" thread, which seems, IMO, more interesting) then that's enough for me.

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Your attempt to clarify your statement on the different concepts of regulation doesn't make this look like a simple thing. You haven't even proven that across the board regulation is not the case now.

The process of regulating this kind of thing appears just as complicated and nuanced as any other kind of international/cross-cultural diplomacy.

Carl
I don't know what part of "everybody follows the same rules" is complicated. It's not five-country talks on nuclear arms.

Even from the little that's available on the Aikikai website you can see that the rules for establishing an organization are somewhat different on the domestic side (quite a bit looser for forming an organization - see the section on 登録条件) than on the international side.

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Chris

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Old 04-27-2014, 11:30 AM   #53
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Re: Masters of the Universe, the Aikikai and the Shihan Certification

Updated the article "Masters of the Universe, the Aikikai and the Shihan Certification: Who gets it, who doesn't and would you want it anyway?". The original article (in a slightly shorter version) also appeared on the Aikido Journal website with this introduction from Stan Pranin:

"One of our readers kindly sent a link to a very interesting article written by Christoper Li of the Aikido Sangenkai. It has to do with the title of “Shihan” and the differing standards for referring to oneself as Shihan within the Aikikai system. I highly recommend that you read this piece."

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Chris

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