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Old 02-12-2009, 03:51 PM   #28
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: Underqualified Sensei

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First, as if this will ever happen
Ah, actually it has, right around the corner from me.

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Aikido sensei's shouldn't give rank out so easily.
Who said this person was *given* any rank. In the case I know of, it turned out they weren't. They just made it up.

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Second, there is no public benchmark for a Sensei or skill of Aikidokas.
I think you are correct. Rank in aikido is rarely an accurate indicator of actual skill...more an indicator of a relationship with the giver of the rank. And I don't mean that in a negative way at all.

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Third, what can you really do?
Just speak the truth when necessary. That usually does it.

Best,
Ron

Ron Tisdale
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