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Old 07-19-2009, 09:48 AM   #23
George S. Ledyard
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Re: non-Japanese cannot become shihan anymore?

Jonathan Olson wrote: View Post

BTW I doubt "most" aikikai groups give out their own dan certificates. My organisation, the USAF, certainly doesn't. It only awards Aikikai dans. .
Yudansha certificates of the ASU under Saotome Sensei come from the Aikikai Headquarters. The last round of certificates given by Saotome Sensei himself came when I got 4th dan. After that it's all been from the Aikikai.

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