Message to the DaiShihan
Yesterday, I asked Soke if he had any instructions or advice for the DaiShihan for the new year 2018. He said, Justice and Peace. He wishes all DaiShihan to bring about Justice and Peace in their own countries or their own areas. He noted that we now have DaiShihan in 55 countries around the world and more all the time. Soke said that each DaiShihan must figure out their own way forward with Justice and Peace. He is offering the DaiShihan awards as examples of his good will. He hopes the DaiShihan will foster the same good will within their own countries and in their own groups.
Hombu training is still Muto dori, Control and No Power for each, as before, but there is also an emphasis on the 5 virtues of the Buddha.
Menkyo promotions still come through hombu, but the DaiShihan can help the Hombu Admin by consolidating dojo orders in their area. This is not something that is required but suggested. Any Shidoshi can still send their promotions directly to hombu, but consolidating them where possible helps the Admins. Also printing in block print helps and including a copy of your Godan menkyo validates you recieving the Shidoshi price. Also for any promotions over 5th dan you must include a copy of the promotees’ Godan certificate so the Admins can find you and the person being promoted.
I am happy to help anyone needing assistance with promotions while I am still living in Japan.
Cheers and best.