where did the dan grades come from?
Eliseo Sensei and Joe Sensei's dan grades are from their previous associations and not from the Aikikai. Their Aikido biographies and paperwork has been submitted to the Aikikai World Headquarters and they will transition their dan grades according to the rules of the International Department of the Aikikai. That process is on going so they are continuing to use their previous grades given to them until such a time as they are issued new ranks by the Aikikai. All of my grading was done under the Aikikai and my certificates are all from Aikikai World Headquarters.