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09-21-2002, 09:17 AM
Friends aikidoka:

I know that this new topic could be impossible of replying, but I know that you can help me.

I need to know the population of aikido practitioners in the world. Obviously, it could be an estimated number. If possible, the amouont of people in each rank, at least from ninth dan to sixth dan.

Thanks a lot:freaky:

09-21-2002, 02:17 PM
I have looked for that information myself without success. Please post it if you find it. Best of luck. Sorry I cannot help.

Until again,


Bruce Baker
09-21-2002, 04:17 PM
We do have a list of Aikido foundations, federations, associations here on the Aikiweb from which you could email each one for an approximate membership number?

Just a thought.

I was also thinking about reading the HELP WANTED sign, sticking my head in the door, and saying," HELP ....HELP.... and here is one to carry you over till I come back tomorrow ... help! See ya later."

G DiPierro
09-21-2002, 08:07 PM
It's 478,341, total. 9th through 6th dan is 3,074.

09-21-2002, 08:32 PM
Where'd you find that, Giancarlo? How recent is that figure? Just wondering, seeing as you busted that out on a saturday in less than 11 hours. Impressive...

G DiPierro
09-22-2002, 07:48 PM
I estimated, just as Daniel suggested. I know there have been just over 5000 godans awarded by the Aikikai. Assume about half of these have been further promoted. That's 2500 6-9 dan in the Aikikai. Add another 574 for other organizations and you have 3074.

Using exponential growth, there should be nearly 100,000 total yudansha in the Aikikai, maybe 125,000 including all organizations. Assume about 3 mudansha for each yudansha, and you have something like 478,341. My numbers should be pretty close. Perhaps 6-9 is in the 2-4K range and total participation numbers in the hundreds of thousands.