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Old 05-13-2005, 08:07 AM   #54
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Dojo: Aikido of Harvard (IL)
Location: harvard, IL
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 159
Re: Poll: Do you think people should receive ranking in aikido for reasons outside of their technical ability?

NO! NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO!NO! NO! Bad Aikidoka! Put that rank BACK where you found it and don't accept it if you haven't performed up to the expectations of a bona fide teaching committee.

Rank = passing on the merits of your performance of USAF / Hombu testing requirements for Kyu and Dan grades, as approved by your sensei and/or a recognized teaching commitee. No "warm fuzzy" ranks for "meritous contributions to fundraising and dojo maintenance" -- that sort of thing is rewarded with a plaque or an honorarium or a dinner in their honor. Shihan and upper dan grades may be based on recognition of acheivements in Aikido, but such recommendations for promotion come from the ranks above.

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