I reread this post today and was immediately struck by the fact that our message, our goals and our concerns have been remarkably consistent over the years. We still actively debate the role that a national or international organization might have with our own dojo. Time hasn't softened the passion of the discussion as merits are assessed in dojo group forum.
The Rembukan Dojo continues to try and offer traditional budo within the context of Western culture. It is fair to say that Westerners and Japanese learn and process information differently coming from very different cultural backgrounds.
We will continue to practice Jo and Iai with a focus on the old ways, paying attention to the myriad little details that separate what we do from other traditions. Towards that end and with an eye on quality control, we will continue to demand the best efforts of our instructors and students.