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Old 09-05-2000, 11:05 AM   #3
Dojo: UBC Okanagan Aikido Club
Location: Kelowna
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 94
I think that the ranking system fulfills a need in newer students to be able to mark their progress. While one could argue that an aikidoka should be above this, it does seem to be a fairly universal need. Once somebody has reached dan ranking, and proven that they are a serious student, I would think many would have outgrown this, or at least be attempting to outgrow this (as I am).

One could also say that dan rankings give a rough indication of somebody's qualifications to teach or run a dojo. If one just had dan rank and below dan rank this would be considerably more difficult, as dan ranks run from shodan, which to me indicates just a serious student who has some knowledge of the basics, on up.

Anyhow, that's my two bits.

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