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Dan Rubin
01-29-2018, 08:00 PM
On the last page of each issue of Black Belt magazine they recall contents of past issues. In the current issue (Feb/Mar 2018) they recall the issue of April 1979, including this:

"In response to a statement Akira Tohei made in the December 1978 issue -- ‘There are no professional women aikidoists -- a fourth-degree black belt named Mary Heiny writes in: ‘Imagine my surprise to read that I did not exist!' "

(Heiny Sensei's promotion to 7th dan was announced this month in the 2018 Kagamibiraki gradings.)

01-30-2018, 12:15 PM
I love that response... And a hearty congrats to Mary Sensei on her well-deserved promotion.

02-01-2018, 12:34 PM
Here's a link (Black Belt has every issue up to December 2004 on Google Books):


Page 10 for those that are interested.

02-13-2018, 02:27 PM
If ever there were a deserving woman...