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Old 07-20-2009, 09:44 AM   #49
Craig Allen Jr
Dojo: Aiki Farms (Birankai Int'l)
Location: Ledyard, CT
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 11
Re: non-Japanese cannot become shihan anymore?

Mark Murray wrote: View Post

So, yes, the Aikikai Honbu can award a "shihan" certificate. However, as I understand it, that "shihan" status is *only* granted within that one organization. It does not cover the Aikikai or other organizations.
That brings up an interesting question then- what if a person who gain shihan status in his/her organization (not Hombu) later leaves that organization? Is there such a thing as a non-Japanese "independent" shihan?
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