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Old 12-02-2011, 03:15 PM   #65
Jim Sorrentino
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Re: O'Sensei teaching Aikido at the Hombu Dojo after WWII

Dan Harden wrote: View Post
Yet, Saotome does not appear on the official list of Shihan who can award shihan to his students....and have it Doshu.
[Sigh again]

What list is that? Would you please provide us with a copy or a link? The closest thing I can find is the Aikikai's International Regulations at Article 16: Shihan states:
1. The Hombu examines and appoints Shihan from among persons who are 6th dan or above, and who are proficient in practice and instructing.

2. To the appointed person, a Certificate of Appointment is awarded by the Hombu.
This suggests that only Dosshu/Hombu may award the shihan license.


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