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Old 07-09-2003, 07:52 AM   #6
Tim Griffiths
Dojo: Nes Ziona Aikikai
Location: Suzhou, China
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 188
An early instructor of mine, who had been a nidan for about 10 years, got a double promotion to yondan. He did his grading, and the shihan said "very nice, 3rd dan. Now if you could just show me so-and-so...", and gave him a 4th dan.

I've done double gradings before, esp for a couple of students who only came to my dojo for a couple of months per year (and trained at their university dojo's in the meantime) - I'm talking about skipping 4th kyu, or such.

Look, we're all doing aikido for life, right?
20 years from now, whether you did a 3rd kyu grading or not really isn't going to matter much, is it?

Train well,


Last edited by Tim Griffiths : 07-09-2003 at 07:55 AM.

If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends. (Hagakure)
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