Hi RONIN - sorry if I offended you - it wasn't my intention - but I got a bit carried away. Actually I blew off a lot of steam thereby proving that I have definitely NOT reached very far toward my ideals of non-conflict - sadly enough. You asked if anybody had an opinion on what to expect from an Aikidoka at a dan-grading, and I just wanted to point out that the reason why somebody take up Aikido is different from the self-defence approach and that perhaps it could be okay in some dojo's to focus on other things than the students ability to defend him- or herself at the grading.
Once again - sorry. I hope you can accept this apology.