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Old 06-27-2009, 05:20 PM   #20
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
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Re: Who's eligible to teach Aikido? And what level a sensei should be?

Regarding rank past sandan:
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Mark Mueller wrote:
So are you saying that rank after this level is unearned? That is certainly unflattering to a lot of skilled martial artists.
Not unearned, just earned in a different way.

A way that has practically nothing to do with martial ability or even depth of understanding. It has much more to do with who you know/associate with and what you are doing or have done to promote aikido.

I don't necessarily have a problem with this, and I don't know why it would be unflattering. Anyone who has been around aikido for a long time should have recognized it.

Personally, I see this as a deficiency of the dan ranking system not any individual martial artist.

-Michael
"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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