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Old 03-02-2009, 10:59 AM   #9
Dojo: midwest aikido center
Location: chicago
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 347
Re: Respect/Lack there of.

hey wayne, not sure if there a hard and fast rule written in stone about this. but yeah, in the east, we would normally defer to the higher rank (shihan, no less!), which is why probably, without the dojo-cho there, the instructor (who did not want to overstep his bounds with the dojo-cho) taught the class (he defeferred to his dojo cho)

there is also the notion in the east that maybe your friend should have been at least given the offer to teach, so he could politely decline (if that's what his intention was)

there's another thread on the forum of an instructor who's practiced for about the same amount of time as your friend, but has been kept at sandan, and was finally 'asked' to test for yondan. this is also an interesting question of respect/lack thereof ...

Last edited by ramenboy : 03-02-2009 at 11:05 AM.
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