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Old 07-14-2001, 11:33 AM   #5
Nick
Dojo: Aikido of Greater Atlanta
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the kanji for dan literally means "carve steps up the cliff". "Sho" in shodan means "first" (sho also as in "shodo o seizu", control the first movement). So put two and two together and you have for shodan:

"The first step up a cliff".

Cheers,

Nick

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