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David Racho
08-02-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi there,

Is there a list of Yudansha at 8th dan, 9th dan and 10th dan? (Excluding the Doshus, which I've read elsewhere that are equivalent to 10th dan, but at the same time are outside the ranking system. Koichi Tohei at one time referred to Kisshomaru Ueshiba as 8th dan when Koichi Tohei was 9th dan.) - Dead or Alive. If I recall correctly, there are only 2 living 10th dans and 2 living 9th dans, all of which are Japanese and live in Japan.

I understand Koichi Tohei is no longer Aikikai as well as Hitohiro Saito, but both were a part of them, and Tohei is one of the few 10th dans when he was given that rank in 1969. I've also read somewhere that Iwama ryu has been integrated into Aikikai, or more specifically, the dan ranks of Iwama promoted aikidoka are officially recognized by the Aikikai.

Is there a list of just 6th dans Aikikai? and not just women. If it's less than 1000, I'd like to see it. Or if it's too long, maybe categorized by location. I'm pretty sure it's pointless to request for 1st Dans to 5th Dans, unless the Aikikai makes that information public. (Would be nice if they did, through their website, or some sort of verification process.)

I've also read somewhere that Aikikai registers kyu grades, and not just in Japan or Hombu. Imagine what a boon or convenience it would be for someone else to be able to verify your kyu or dan ranking just by putting in your serial number at their web site, as opposed to looking at a card (Aikikai gives a card or book to registered members?)

As an extra, if people have information on how long certain people took to get to these ranks, and how long in between, that would be nice as well. From an informal study it seems that 7th Dans average a total of about 40 years (from 6th kyu or from whenever they started.)

P.S. I've seen the list of high ranking non-japanese yudansha which can be found here http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/nonjapanese , thus the title "super high ranking" for this one.

Jose Garrido
08-02-2006, 12:44 PM
David is there any particular reason why you want to gather such a list of Aikidoka. Are you writing a book or setting up an information webpage or anything of this nature?

Jose Garrido

James Kelly
08-02-2006, 03:53 PM
As of last year, the certificate number for a 6th dan (Aikikai) was in the mid 600s. Which means that there have been a grand total of 600 something people who've reached that rank. This includes those who've gone on to higher ranks, but I'm pretty sure doesn't include the people who were given 7th and above without going through the 'lower' ranks.

Not what you were asking for exactly, but it's interesting.

DonMagee
08-02-2006, 07:55 PM
Sounds like a good project for a wiki. Would make an easy way to list aiki instructors and high ranking aikidoka and their linage.

David Racho
08-02-2006, 09:41 PM
My reason is personal. I'm curious. I hope that doesn't kill me.

Another thing is to have an almost authoritative reference. If there are about 600 6th Dans, it would make it easy for aikido newbies to verify that their senseis are "legit".

Now I understand that many many many good instructors are no longer affiliated with Aikikai (and I only mention this because that is the mainline.) And there are several "weird" groups that claim 8th Dan especially where I live (I'm in the Philippines.)

They're not really weird, but you know, it's been mentioned in other threads about these 8th Dans, and it kinda irks me or annoys me. I would not dare confront them about it either as I know they have been practicing aikido before I was born, but to me, that's just not right.

I mean, maybe this kind of thing can be brought up to whoever is an authority in the IAF. USAF lists all their promotions, so it's relatively easy to determine if your Sensei is on that list. (There are no USAF in the Philippines as far as I know; in fact, non outside the United States.)

For example, from what I gather, there is a list of famous aikidoka (in wikipedia), and in the Philippines I've met two of them personally. One is 2nd Dan and never been promoted and broke away from Aikikai, then broke away from that organization (because of politics he said) to start his own association. The other one is at least 4th, maybe 5th, but I can't verify and I don't want to ask him myself, although I know he is currently with Aikikai because he just sponsored a Japanese Shihan to conduct a 2 day seminar.

In this particular case, rank doesn't matter because their history is pretty well known and if you get the chance to train with them they will really help and improve your technique, and all the other 3rd Dans and 4th Dans in the country greatly respect these two.

Now, if it's a privacy issue, well - maybe have a voluntary wiki or database where everyone who has a Dan ranking input their info, willingly.

CitoMaramba
08-03-2006, 08:10 AM
Hello David. Kumusta, kabayan! :)
The list of Philippine Aikidoka in wikipedia (as of 3 Aug 2006) is as follows:

Philippines
* Manuel "Omar" Camar
* Chan Hok-seng
* Rolando dela Cruz
* Benjamin Galarpe - The Father of Aikido in the Philippines
* Tadashi Nishiyama
* Ernesto Talag - Head of the Philippine Ki Society
* Max Tian

From these names, I can see only one that fits your first description and none that fits your second description. Maybe you were referring to an earlier list?

As for me, I'm fortunate to have had a Filipino who is ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai as my Sensei. I have seen his rank certificate (no, it was not bought in Recto :) ) Plus, he hosted the visit of Masatake Fujita Shihan (8th Dan Aikikai) to the Philippines.

David Racho
08-03-2006, 08:45 AM
Hi Cito!. Kamusta! So what are you doing there and are you coming back to the P.I.?

Anyway,

The first one I mentioned is indeed in that list, and I have it from first hand knowledge (I had lunch with him, he told me) that he has officially resigned from Ki Society (Ki no Kenkyukai) of Koichi Tohei a couple of years ago. His group is now called Ki Association International. So at this point his rank becomes sort of irrelevant as neither Aikikai or Ki Society will recognize it. Basically he's stuck at nidan.

The other one is not there, although in a similar looking list he is (in between Rolando dela Cruz and Benjamin Galarpe). He also was (or is) with the 6th Dan you mentioned, primarily because of Nishio Sensei and the Iaido part. There's only one (1) 6th Dan Filipino as far as I know. The recent seminar I was referring to was the Takemori Sensei (7th Dan Aikikai) seminar which had Iaido and taijutsu classes. Takemori will return to the Philippines next year.

Yes, you are most fortunate to have had a Sensei, I plan on visiting one of these days when I venture up north to Pangasinan.

Aikilove
08-03-2006, 08:50 AM
As of 2005 there are (aikikai) over 186 000 1dan, 42 000 2dan, 16 000 3dan, 7 500 4dan, 3 400 5dan, 1500 6dan, 363 7 dan and 73 8dan.

/J

David Racho
08-03-2006, 09:39 AM
Neato. Where did you get those numbers? I've read somewhere that Aikikai will not be awarding 9th dans anymore to living people, but I've also read a conflicting rumor about someone being promoted to 9th dan (a senior of Yoshimitsu Yamada I think.)

grondahl
08-03-2006, 09:55 AM
Yamada wrote an article that was published online that Tamura had declined a promotion to 9 dan.

I think that Jakob got the numbers from the homepage of Swedish Aikikai, www.aikikai.net. Hovewer I think it´s only in swedish.

Dazzler
08-03-2006, 10:14 AM
Yamada wrote an article that was published online that Tamura had declined a promotion to 9 dan.

I think that Jakob got the numbers from the homepage of Swedish Aikikai, www.aikikai.net. Hovewer I think it´s only in swedish.

I have heard this too, but didn't know that there was an article on it.

Anyone got a link to it? I'd be interested in the thoughts around this.

Cheers

D

David Racho
08-03-2006, 10:35 AM
I found it. hehehe. http://www.aikikai.net/dan/index.html

Här är det ungefärliga antalet personer som erhållit de olika dangraderna i Aikikai (2005):

1. shodan 186.000
2. nidan 42.000
3. sandan 16.000
4. yondan 7.500
5. godan 3.400
6. rokudan 1.500
7. nanadan 363
8. hachidan 73
9. kudan ingen uppgift
10. yudan ingen uppgift

I don't understand the text, but I can read numbers. Now if there was only a way to show the names...

Here's the article about Tamura.

http://www.aikidoeast.com/aikidoeast/2006/1/index.shtml

For example, Tamura Sensei was 4th dan when I started aikido and now both of us have the same rank. And it's obvious to everybody, including myself, that there is a big difference between he and I. By the way, Tamura Sensei was recently promoted to 9th dan but he humbly refused it. I feel like I should have refused my 8th dan promotion.

Dazzler
08-03-2006, 10:58 AM
Thanks David.

James Kelly
08-03-2006, 06:48 PM
I found it. hehehe. http://www.aikikai.net/dan/index.html
Anyone know where they got their numbers? Are they cumulative? They don't jibe with the certificate numbers I've seen recently. Maybe Honbu is reusing certificate numbers (which would be out of character I think). Or the reset back to zero at some point.

David Yap
08-03-2006, 11:56 PM
I don't understand the text, but I can read numbers. Now if there was only a way to show the names...Hi David R,
These numbers, if correct, show the cumulative total of certificates issued for each rank as of 2005. Based on these numbers, the total number of Aikikai yudansha would be 136,547 as follows:

Shodan - 115,164
Nidan - 13,164
Sandan - 3,164
Yondan - 2,164
Godan - 1,464
Rokudan - 1,064
Nanadan - 290
Hachidan - 73

A small number of the 73 8th dans would have received the 9th dan or 10th dan (K Tohei, G Shioda, K Sunadomari, M Hikitsuchi, R Shirata, M Saito, S Okumura and H Tada, etc.).

Assuming that there are 1.5 million Aikikai practitioners, only 9.1% are yudansha.

FWIW,

David Y

grondahl
08-04-2006, 01:32 AM
The site were designed and put to life by Stefan Stenudd (Aikikai 6 Dan) and Sture Nöjd (Aikikai 2dan).

I suggest contacting them for info, I´m sure Sture lurks around here and Stefan was a posting member here on aikiweb some time ago, otherwise you can contact him via www.stenudd.com or maybe through his email stenudd@aikido-international.org (He´s a member of the IAF Directing Comittee)

David Yap
08-04-2006, 01:57 AM
Hi David R,

I forgot to include that the above "stats" are based on the following assumptions:

1. Everyone starts from shodan
2. No one skips ranks
3. Every yudansha is issued with a certificate for every rank taken.
4. Everyone given the ranks are still living (not possible) :p

Cheers

David Y

PS. Only if Aikikai Hombu has an established databank assessible via the Net, then, you can put the names behind the numbers :D

Aikilove
08-04-2006, 05:21 AM
Mr Yap, where do you get the number 115 000 from? Is that the most resent shodan register number you know of? or have you asked hombu dojo about it?

/J

David Yap
08-04-2006, 08:08 AM
Mr Yap, where do you get the number 115 000 from? Is that the most resent shodan register number you know of? or have you asked hombu dojo about it.
Hi Jakob,
Thanks for the question. The numbers are based on mathematical calculation and assumptions. Since you asked, I realized the equations are not right. So let's re-work them again here:

186,000 shodan certificates and 42,000 nidan certificates issued, assuming all 42,000 nidans were promoted from shodan, then 144,000 shodanswere not promoted.
16,000 sandan certificates were issued, that leaves 26,000 nidans not promoted.
7,500 yondan certificates were issued, that leaves 8,500 sandans not promoted.
3,400 godan certificates were issued, that leaves 4,100 yondans not promoted.
1,500 rokudan certificates were issued, that leaves 1,900 godans not promoted.
363 nanadan certificates were issued, that leaves 1,137 rokudans not promoted.
And finally, 73 hachidan certificates were issued, that leaves 290 nanadans not promoted. (As I've said, some of the hachidans would been promoted to kudan & judan)

The total number of people who have been issued Aikikai yudansha certificates is 186,000. Again, let me stress that these numbers are guesstimates based on the above assumptions. :D Some of the people who were "not promoted" might gone over to other schools, i.e. Yoshinkan, Ki Aikido, Tomiki, etc.

Again, FWIW

David Y

Aikilove
08-05-2006, 05:34 PM
Jepp! I figured there was a reason why I didn't get the same result as your first number crunching...
The last post is correct according to my mathbook as well.

Cheers!

jerie castro
08-05-2006, 06:28 PM
Hello David. Kumusta, kabayan! :)
The list of Philippine Aikidoka in wikipedia (as of 3 Aug 2006) is as follows:

Philippines
* Manuel "Omar" Camar
* Chan Hok-seng
* Rolando dela Cruz
* Benjamin Galarpe - The Father of Aikido in the Philippines
* Tadashi Nishiyama
* Ernesto Talag - Head of the Philippine Ki Society
* Max Tian

From these names, I can see only one that fits your first description and none that fits your second description. Maybe you were referring to an earlier list?

As for me, I'm fortunate to have had a Filipino who is ranked 6th Dan by the Aikikai as my Sensei. I have seen his rank certificate (no, it was not bought in Recto :) ) Plus, he hosted the visit of Masatake Fujita Shihan (8th Dan Aikikai) to the Philippines.
:) Gud AM! Ok lang po ba kayo natawagin ko po kyo na sensei? I'm only a beginner in aikido (a four days old in training), i've just read that you mentioned the name of Sensai "Omar" Camar, is he a good sensai?

CitoMaramba
08-06-2006, 04:43 PM
Kabayan Jerie,
Tawagin mo na lang akong "Cito". I have never met Camar Sensei, so I'm not qualified to comment on him. Some people who have met him, expressed their opinions in a thread here on Aikiweb. Just click on the URL below to read the thread,

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9876

Hope this helps.

Cito

CitoMaramba
08-08-2006, 02:00 AM
Hi Cito!. Kamusta! So what are you doing there and are you coming back to the P.I.?

Work-related, David. Will be back in the PH to visit from time to time.
Have we met? I suspect we have, so please confirm my suspicion :)

Yes, I know now both of the Sensei you mentioned, and have met them personally as well. The second sensei was last officially ranked as sandan, AFAIK.
Maraming salamat po!

Cito

David Racho
08-09-2006, 11:47 AM
Hi Cito,

I don't think we have met up close and personal. But if my information is correct, you're either a doctor or in the medical field. I've only heard second hand gossip, so I won't really count them as reliable. I think you did once train with the second sensei. hehehe. Other than that, no, I don't think we have met. I deal with people who know you though, so maybe one of these days (don't misinterpret; I won't make it a priority) we'll get introduced. What I mean is, if it happens.

At least one of my friends claims to be your senior under the second sensei. It's quite hard to verify since that particular sensei seems to be running out of students. He seems to be quite friendlier now and manages to retain a couple of yudansha. The rest left, curiously enough.

I like to be friends with everyone, so.. you know, I don't really like the politics in the Philippines. Government and Aikido. I'll learn from both sensei if I can, but I won't tell one about my involvement with the other (let them figure it out if they can, usually by the way you move. Maybe)

mriehle
08-09-2006, 12:30 PM
I haven't read the entire thread, but the idea of having an online list of yudansha is not new. It seems like it would fit nicely into the Aikiweb Wiki.

Certainly, you'd want to start from the top down, if only because there are a whole lot fewer judans than there are shodans. In a perfect world the ranks would include information on who awarded the rank, etc.

But...

It's a lot of work. Is it really worth it?

Maybe.

I'm not entirely convinced.

David Racho
08-10-2006, 01:50 AM
Aside from just plain curious knowledge, it would be nice to verify the ranks of people you meet, and not just because they said so, from a third party. The USAF almost has something like this, but it's not that easy to find a particular person unless that person says "go to this web page, my name is listed there as a newly promoted rokudan." because it is listed by date. (Would be a nice idea to suggest that they have an alphabetical list or something "searchable") errr. I think google or yahoo would work if you know what terms to apply.

http://www.aikidoeast.com/aikidoeast/2006/1/dan_promotions.shtml

David Yap
08-10-2006, 11:55 AM
Hope this will help:
Aikiwiki (http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/highrankingaikikai)

Steven
08-10-2006, 11:59 AM
http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/people?DokuWiki=f4d1031e8362b1a5b1974bb0f4fac667

akiy
08-10-2006, 01:15 PM
Hope this will help:
Aikiwiki (http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/highrankingaikikai)
I think the list would be better with the names listed "<last name>, <first name>" and sorted by last name. If I have time today, I'll make the changes myself.

-- Jun

akiy
08-10-2006, 01:23 PM
I think the list would be better with the names listed "<last name>, <first name>" and sorted by last name. If I have time today, I'll make the changes myself.
Done. That wasn't too difficult...

-- Jun

Dennis Hooker
08-10-2006, 02:17 PM
The list seems to be in need of updating. How would one go about it?

akiy
08-10-2006, 03:00 PM
The list seems to be in need of updating. How would one go about it?
Please see: http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/aikiwiki#modifying_the_aikiwiki

-- Jun

David Yap
08-11-2006, 12:18 PM
Done. That wasn't too difficult...

-- Jun

Great, Jun.

I did a copy and paste from my MS Excel file at my office to the Aikiwiki. B'coz of this, I think, I was cut off from your server and could not assess it again. The next thing I did was to save the data on a txt. file at home and did a copy and paste. to load the data of the Aikikai Yudansha.

Can you allow me assess from from my office IP again?

David Y

gdandscompserv
08-11-2006, 12:32 PM
I was wondering why Gaku Homma of Nippon Kan is not on the list.

George S. Ledyard
08-11-2006, 11:11 PM
I was wondering why Gaku Homma of Nippon Kan is not on the list.

Because no one put him on...

darin
08-12-2006, 01:35 AM
I think Hiro Mochizuki the founder of Yoseikan World Federation (YWF) and son of Minoru Mochizuki was also a student of Morihei Ueshiba. Maybe Phil Farmer can confirm this for us.

gdandscompserv
08-12-2006, 12:29 PM
Because no one put him on...
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b379/deserthippie/dohhomer.gif

wayneth
08-13-2006, 11:08 AM
I think there is a mistake on the names of the International Yudansha, on the 7th Dans there is the name of Mr Cottier; who is a 6th Dan.
Also the name of Terry Ezra is missing from the list of 6th Dans.
Thanks, Wayne

phil farmer
08-26-2006, 09:07 PM
Hiroo Mochizuki Shihan is 8th Dan in Aikido and was a direct student of O'Sensei from 1948 until 1962.

Phil Farmer

darin
08-26-2006, 11:33 PM
Hiroo Mochizuki Shihan is 8th Dan in Aikido and was a direct student of O'Sensei from 1948 until 1962.

Phil Farmer

Thanks Phil

antonis paps
05-25-2007, 07:10 PM
Hope this helps:)

http://www.aiki.co.yu/sensei_e.htm#A

Karen Wolek
05-25-2007, 10:07 PM
Hope this helps:)

http://www.aiki.co.yu/sensei_e.htm#A

That list is missing Harvey Konigsberg Sensei, 7th dan shihan in the USAF.

giriasis
05-30-2007, 08:43 PM
Hope this helps:)

http://www.aiki.co.yu/sensei_e.htm#A

In addition to Harvey Konisberg, you need to add Andy Demko of New Castle Aikikai and Eddie Hagihara of Long Island Aikido Association. Both are part of the USAF. They are also 7th dan and shihan.

Peter Bernath, Claude Berthiaume, Donovan Waite, Robert Zimmerman need to be edited as 7th dan and Shihan.

Other than Yamada and Sugano Sensei, here is a list of all the USAF Shihan, who are all now 7th dan as well. Source: http://www.aikidoeast.com/aikidoeast/certified_instructors/certified_instructors.html

Eddie Hagihara Shihan, Long Island Aikido Association
Harvey Konigsberg Shihan, Woodstock Aikido
Clyde Takeguchi Shihan, Capital Aikikai
Claude Berthiaume Shihan, Aikido de la Montagne
Peter Bernath Shihan, Florida Aikikai
Donovan Waite Shihan, Aikido of Center City
Andy Demko, New Castle Aikikai
Robert Zimmermann, Toronto Aikikai

jojo_temporal
06-26-2007, 03:21 AM
Hi Cito!. Kamusta! So what are you doing there and are you coming back to the P.I.?

Anyway,

The first one I mentioned is indeed in that list, and I have it from first hand knowledge (I had lunch with him, he told me) that he has officially resigned from Ki Society (Ki no Kenkyukai) of Koichi Tohei a couple of years ago. His group is now called Ki Association International. So at this point his rank becomes sort of irrelevant as neither Aikikai or Ki Society will recognize it. Basically he's stuck at nidan.

The other one is not there, although in a similar looking list he is (in between Rolando dela Cruz and Benjamin Galarpe). He also was (or is) with the 6th Dan you mentioned, primarily because of Nishio Sensei and the Iaido part. There's only one (1) 6th Dan Filipino as far as I know. The recent seminar I was referring to was the Takemori Sensei (7th Dan Aikikai) seminar which had Iaido and taijutsu classes. Takemori will return to the Philippines next year.

Yes, you are most fortunate to have had a Sensei, I plan on visiting one of these days when I venture up north to Pangasinan.

Hello David,

My name is Jonathan and I teach at my own Aikido dojo in NSW, Australia. I'm also one of Ernie Talag Sensei's long time students. This is a very interesting thread. Thanks for starting this. Anyway, I just wanted to inform you that Talag Sensei and Ki Association have just recently affiliated with the International Aikido Yuishinkai Association founded by Koretoshi Maruyama Shihan. Please refer to this link:

http://www.aikidoyuishinkai.com/dojodirectory.htm

So Ki Association has official recognition now from an International Association, being under Maruyama Sensei - who was an uchi deshi of O' Sensei, as well as Koichi Tohei Sensei's Chief Instructor for many years. Maruyama Sensei actually personally sought Talag Sensei and invited him to be his representative in the Philippines. Talag Sensei accepted.

Thanks and regards.

CitoMaramba
06-26-2007, 05:14 AM
Hello David,

My name is Jonathan and I teach at my own Aikido dojo in NSW, Australia. I'm also one of Ernie Talag Sensei's long time students. This is a very interesting thread. Thanks for starting this. Anyway, I just wanted to inform you that Talag Sensei and Ki Association have just recently affiliated with the International Aikido Yuishinkai Association founded by Koretoshi Maruyama Shihan. Please refer to this link:

http://www.aikidoyuishinkai.com/dojodirectory.htm

So Ki Association has official recognition now from an International Association, being under Maruyama Sensei - who was an uchi deshi of O' Sensei, as well as Koichi Tohei Sensei's Chief Instructor for many years. Maruyama Sensei actually personally sought Talag Sensei and invited him to be his representative in the Philippines. Talag Sensei accepted.

Thanks and regards.

Dear Jojo,

Please extend my warmest congratulations to Talag Sensei and the rest of his Association.

Cheers!

Cito

jojo_temporal
06-26-2007, 08:48 PM
Dear Jojo,

Please extend my warmest congratulations to Talag Sensei and the rest of his Association.

Cheers!

Cito

Hello Cito,

Yes I shall do so. Thanks for the good wishes. Where do you practice now? Do you still get to train with Batobalani Sensei? Please give my regards to him as well.

Kind regards.

CitoMaramba
06-27-2007, 12:27 PM
Hello Cito,

Yes I shall do so. Thanks for the good wishes. Where do you practice now? Do you still get to train with Batobalani Sensei? Please give my regards to him as well.

Kind regards.

Hello Jojo,
Unfortunately, since moving to England, I have not had a chance to train with Batobalani Sensei. I am still in touch with him though. I will send him your regards.

I've practiced at various locations in the Southwest of England and in London. There is a group here in Plymouth affiliated with the Yuishinkai. They are good people.

Cheers!

Cito

jojo_temporal
07-02-2007, 09:34 PM
Hi Cito!. Kamusta! So what are you doing there and are you coming back to the P.I.?

Anyway,

The first one I mentioned is indeed in that list, and I have it from first hand knowledge (I had lunch with him, he told me) that he has officially resigned from Ki Society (Ki no Kenkyukai) of Koichi Tohei a couple of years ago. His group is now called Ki Association International. So at this point his rank becomes sort of irrelevant as neither Aikikai or Ki Society will recognize it. Basically he's stuck at nidan.

The other one is not there, although in a similar looking list he is (in between Rolando dela Cruz and Benjamin Galarpe). He also was (or is) with the 6th Dan you mentioned, primarily because of Nishio Sensei and the Iaido part. There's only one (1) 6th Dan Filipino as far as I know. The recent seminar I was referring to was the Takemori Sensei (7th Dan Aikikai) seminar which had Iaido and taijutsu classes. Takemori will return to the Philippines next year.

Yes, you are most fortunate to have had a Sensei, I plan on visiting one of these days when I venture up north to Pangasinan.

Hi David,

As mentioned in my earlier post, Ernesto Talag Sensei has already officially affiliated with Aikido Yuishinkai International under Koretoshi Maruyama Shihan.

I would like to correct the statement you wrote above regarding Talag Sensei's rank. We have received official word that Maruyama Shihan has promoted Talag Sensei to the rank to Rokudan - 6th Dan.

In promoting Talag Sensei, Maruyama Shihan took into account both Talag Sensei's technical skill and experience as a teacher of Aikido for more than 30 years and his immense contribution to promoting the art in the Philippines and abroad.

CitoMaramba
07-03-2007, 04:48 AM
Hi David,

As mentioned in my earlier post, Ernesto Talag Sensei has already officially affiliated with Aikido Yuishinkai International under Koretoshi Maruyama Shihan.

I would like to correct the statement you wrote above regarding Talag Sensei's rank. We have received official word that Maruyama Shihan has promoted Talag Sensei to the rank to Rokudan - 6th Dan.

In promoting Talag Sensei, Maruyama Shihan took into account both Talag Sensei's technical skill and experience as a teacher of Aikido for more than 30 years and his immense contribution to promoting the art in the Philippines and abroad.

Jojo, kindly convey my heartfelt congratulations to Talag Sensei on his promotion to Rokudan. Mabuhay kayong lahat!

Cito

jojo_temporal
07-04-2007, 08:21 PM
Jojo, kindly convey my heartfelt congratulations to Talag Sensei on his promotion to Rokudan. Mabuhay kayong lahat!

Cito

Hello Cito,

Thank you for the good wishes. I'll convey the same to Talag Sensei. Please extend our kind regards to Batobalani Sensei and to your association back in Manila.

philipsmith
07-10-2007, 09:26 AM
I think there is a mistake on the names of the International Yudansha, on the 7th Dans there is the name of Mr Cottier; who is a 6th Dan.
Also the name of Terry Ezra is missing from the list of 6th Dans.
Thanks, Wayne

Mr Cottier was promoted to 7th Dan this year