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Old 09-22-2002, 02:41 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 97
I know how you feel Ken. Even from the short amount of time that I have been with Aikido I have noticed great differences in ability and rank from dojo to dojo. Unfortunately this whole ranking system is suppose to mark your abilities and is a representation of what you have accomplished in Aikido. I have come to despise the ranking system mainly because of the lack of consistency and the way it pushes people to compare themselves with one another (I even feel the whole sempai/kohai thing is taken a bit to far aswell). For many, this is a difficult thing to look past but I feel the reason one should take Aikido is to work their hardest on improving themselves and try their hardest on bringing the best out of others while not thinking about rank or others abilities.
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