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Old 06-12-2011, 06:53 PM   #3
Allen Beebe
Location: Portland, OR
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 532
Re: Mudansha vs Kyudansha

Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post
yuu / 有る aru means to possess, have, or be.
無 mu is a negative particle.

有段者: yuudansha: someone/those possessing a dan rank
無段者: mudansha: someone/those without a dan rank
有級者: yuukyuusha: someone/those possessing a kyu grade
無級者: mukyuusha: someone/those without a kyu grade

級段者: kyuudansha: someone/those with kyuu grades and/or dan ranks. In this case 有 is missing. A similar case would be 高段者 koudansha: someone / those with high dan ranks.

I think you forgot the term used for special cases such as mine . . .


Without that rank, some of us would have no Aikido rank at all!

~ Allen Beebe
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