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Old 05-06-2002, 03:27 PM   #19
Brian Vickery
Dojo: Aiki-Buken Aikido
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2000
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Originally posted by Lyle Bogin
Why is it that having a 1% shodan rate is something to be proud of? Shouldn't we try to achieve an enviroment with a much higher success rate, like any other form of education? After all, isn't the mark of a great martial artist great students? Or is aikido (and MA in general) a different animal?
Hello Lyle,

...I don't think the 1% figure is a matter of pride, it's just the way it is. As Bill Murray said in 'Stripes': "That's the fact Jack!"

...I WISH I had the power to change this number ...any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!

Regards,

Brian Vickery

"The highest level of technique to achieve is that of having NO technique!"
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