This is a topic that has grown out of the kata/syllabus threads that are going on. My question is, who's gone against the grain and left the large style-based organisations because they don't offer what you want to do?
One of my students pointed out we are more traditional than most people because we are a small group of people just getting on with training. We are a member of a large organisation for the convenience of CRB (Criminal Record Bureau for non-UK people) checks and insurance. Going it alone might make it more difficult to get hold of reasonably priced insurance.
So another question to the "mavericks" How do you arrange such housekeeping things as CRB checks and insurance? Where do you go for your own learning and progression (if you are interested in belts at all...) Have you had problems hiring premises because you don't have a "governing body"?
Being self-sufficient in the sense of going wherever I like to progress my training, developing my own syllabus (or not!) and being able to grade people on my terms (grades are only valid within a club anyway)... they are an aspiration.
There will be the inevitable criticism from the big-organisation "traditionalists", but I say... as long as your intentions are honest and you are aware of your own technical level - then each to their own.
I'd be interested in your thoughts.