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Old 12-06-2002, 10:48 PM   #28
Chris Li
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Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
We often hear in martial arts that rank is not important, and that your belt is meant only to hold your gi together. But just by the frequency of hearing these comments, we should know that there is an underlying problem, otherwise we wouldn't hear this so often.
I'd certainly agree with that.
Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
That is in my opinion the reason of the frequent discontent we usually hear from Western aikido practitioners, but almost never from our Oriental counterparts who understand the system and accept it as is.
It's been my experience that squabbles over rank and control are no less common in Japan than they are anywhere else.



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