Re: Aikikai Kagami Biraki Promotions?
You might be surprised. There are a lot of self-awarded ranks when people break off from major organizations. Others out there do things like study hapkido, learn some locks and throws, award themselves aikido rank. In my short career, I have run into two major ones. Nothing was ever verifiable. One was a "6th" dan who claimed a 4th dan aikikai instructor his mentor. He'd even steal stuff from me at shodan, at that stage I had nothing worth stealing.