Dear Mr Megann,
I would suggest you check your facts before commenting on Dee Chen 6th dan Dan Shihan 's status.Chen Sensei received her Aikikai Shihan Certification in August 2007 in London.
The presentation was made by Chiba Sensei,8th dan Shihan, Technical Director ,Birankai International.
I also sent you a email to your dojo.Unfortunately the mail did not get through .
Joe Curran .6th dan President , British Birankai.
Now this thread has resurfaced, I have just noticed your comment. Please understand that I meant no disrespect to either Chen Shihan or to the Birankai - I was only referring to the fact that Birankai awards its own yudansha documentation and shihan certification, as stated on the Birankai webpage
. I certainly wasn't implying that any Birankai qualifications were not recognised by the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.