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Old 07-01-2007, 07:05 PM   #14
Amelia Smith
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Dojo: Martha's Vineyard Aikido Club
Join Date: Apr 2003
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Re: Poll: If a 50 year old person came into your aikido dojo and said that they would

I might encourage them to train, but my sense is that in our organization it takes something like 30-40 years for those who train most intensely (uchideshi, etc.) to be promoted to shihan, if politics are in their favor. It's not a realistic goal for a 50 year old. Sensei? Maybe. Shihan? Probably not.
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