The following text is excerpted from a discussion in progress on the Aikido Journal Forums titled “My first experience with Kondo Sensei”:
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Daito-ryu, like all the other classical ryu-ha, have omote (surface) techniques and ura (inner techniques). Everyone is taught the omote level upon joining, but ura are sometimes reserved from students who begin to show personality/character problems; who have not become skilled enough at executing omote waza; or who have not integrated well enough with the rest of the dojo/group. This evaluation of students is NOT unique to Daito-ryu, but is in fact common to both classical and modern arts in general. That is reality number one. Paying your annual membership fee does not automatically make you a valued member in good standing.