Re: a couple ranking questions
being a 4 kyu for 2,5 years now (injury that turned into operation after an Aikido Stage) I miss the point of counting ahead for reaching any grades in the future.
between now and your graduation is some years (assumption), I would just train and see where you are the moment.
And I would thrust any teacher having earned his dan grades for the combination of 'performing' Aikido and teaching it.
He did some years to get there,