I thought I was all over it getting "First Responder" certified! Seriously, we as a group ought to decide what we want our instructors certified in as a minimum. Then we can put all kinds of fancy initials behind our names, and look cool to everybody (er - I mean provide a better, more standardized service to our customers...) God knows I hate regulation from above, but it just might be in our best interests if Bill or even GEM sanctioned some kind of dream list for dojo qualifications with a couple year lead-in for all of us to get the proper stamps on our visas.
I certainly don't agree with this trend in our society, but being a pariah doesn't make you right. It used to be that a teaching certificate was enough. But insurance needs, public expectations, and common sense do have at least limited appeal to my (limited) sensibilities. Our style is too valuable to get lost in the squeeze of modern (lawsuit) times. Some kind of affiliation/accredidation (spelling?) would probably be a good idea to look into for the future.
Oops, sorry for crowding you on the box, JD.