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Old 11-06-2009, 10:19 AM   #12
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Dojo: Templegate Dojo, bristol & Bristol North Aikido Dojo
Location: Bristol
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Re: Aikikai Dan Ranks

Hi Phil Smith and Carsten are both correct.

I have friends who wished to grade under Aikikai with Tamura Sensei.

One ikkyu could not as he had not taken a shodan with his own federation,

The second, a uk based nidan was only allowed to take shodan.

The third, a uk based sandan, following discussion with Tamura Sensei whom he had known for a considerable time, was (eventually) allowed to take an Aikikai Sandan. He had to pay for shodan, nidan and sandan but does not seem to have had to wait for certificates.

I wouldn't be unduly concerned with rank freeze - your students can always grade within your own organization and if they wish to have Aikikai grades then they can take them too.

Hope this may help

D
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