Re: A word on Time Trained and Ranking
Rank means diddly squat and belts are only good for keeping your gi top from flapping open.
Ability comes with a lot of practice and not in the dojo but on your own outside the dojo.
Dojos are for demonstrating what you have been practicing and what more you need to practice on.
Respect is earned by the ability to apply what you have been practicing in a real life situation and not a choreographed practice in a dojo.
O'sensei did not chose Takeda to be his Sensei because of the color of Takeda's belt.