Re: Philippine ranking and other stories
Ranking is not a topic of debate or controversy, in every dojo or Aikido style, there are differrent ranking systems, belts are just for color coding, it's the certification thats important and most of all, how you move in and off the mat. In our Club, thats how it is, we don't have examinations even for black belts, promotions are based on recomendations and of course, how you move!
FYI: There are no more than 100 black belts in our club, this just proves how hard it is to get to the next level, in our clubs case. You have to prove yourself time and time again.