If you're the one running things ("my dojo" is used by both instructors and students, commonly), you could reach out to other Shotokan schools in the region. Ask their advice on whether the association they belong to is open to adding new schools, and the benefits of belonging.Due to circumstances I can't get into here, my dojo has lost any connection to a lineage. What are some avenues for a shotokan school to join an organization so that members (and instructors) can be further promoted?
Whether existing ranks are recognized will vary by association (matrixed by the origin of the original rank). Between similar organizations that know each other, it's not uncommon for dan grades to be recognized. And any rank below that is usually not really critical (some organizations don't even register earlier ranks), and may or may not be recognized until the next one is issued within that organization.Thanks for the replies so far. I realize that I misused the term lineage, so apologies for that. I have looked up shotokan organizations online, one of the things that I am curious about is when joining an association, does everyone start over, are dan ranks recognized, etc.? I'd also like to know if anyone here is a part of one or has input as to which one might be more preferable. I don't particularly like the idea of creating our own system ranking myself up as described above, it's just not the direction I want to go.