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Old 06-27-2009, 05:20 PM   #20
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Who's eligible to teach Aikido? And what level a sensei should be?

Regarding rank past sandan:
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.

"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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