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Old 02-06-2006, 07:51 PM   #7
Dojo: Chicago Aikikai
Location: Chicago,IL
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 54
Blush! Re: Definition of "Dan"?

ok, i may sound like an idiot here, but, i understand shodan to be "first degree or step"; but why is it not ichidan. i mean, i have always counted in japanese with ichi, ni, san, etc. we use nidan, sandan, yondan, but where does shodan come from exactly?
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