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Old 02-06-2006, 08:37 PM   #8
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Definition of "Dan"?

Clint Cain wrote:
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?
SHO does not mean 'first'. It means 'beginning' ().

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