Re: The crux of two ranks having any equality
At shodan you could be mistaken about quality. How are you judging? Are you judging based on how your aikido looks or feels?
I had a brown belt who was from an Aikikai Dojo tell me once that her teacher told her what I was teaching was not Aikido. That is ok but she was mistaken. At brown belt I would expect my students to be able to do a front fall and roll backward and forward...yet she could do none of these.
I guess it is just perspective. I don't worry about what other people say. I just get on the mat and train.