A facebook friend posted a link to this blog. The article is excellent. I admit I have had the benefit of training with Dave Lowry as most people is a very old fashioned budoka and ran a dojo as if it were not only in Japan but the Japan of generations long past. The Aikido was fantastic and no one ever wanted a belt rank or ever claimed one. True budo with the modern art of Aikido in an environment of long ago.
Here is the bit about rank written by Christopher Li who is a Aikiweb member.
Great article Li sensei.
Thanks Dave! And thanks for the great anecdote - this is actually the correct url
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