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Old 05-16-2005, 03:50 PM   #13
giriasis
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Re: Philippine ranking and other stories

As far as the black belt not being a shodan, I have seen in some styles of martial arts a "shodan-ho." It is sort of a preliminary or probationary black belt in between the highest kyu rank and 1st dan. I haven't seen this in aikido, though, until now.

Anne Marie Giri
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