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Old 11-07-2000, 01:38 PM   #20
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 432
I guess I have to apologize for not being clearer. The point of my last post was that in most cases, anyone ranked highly in a recognized association is going to have significantly more experience than most yudansha - basically that at the really higher dan rankings, there is (in most cases) a definite relationship between rank and abilities and experience. For instance, in the dojo where I practice, there are a large number of yudansha who have been practicing more than twenty years and whom are ranked either nidan or sandan. And in terms of experience and abilities, these individuals are extremely impressive. However, even they will admit to being more than a little awed by visiting shihan when they come to instruct.

Robert Cronin
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