Paula Lydon wrote:
~~Anyone every hear of the word/title of 'hanshi'?
Don't know much about it. It seems to be a rank confered by the Butokukai. Aikidojournal.com defines it as, "Sword master of high rank" although you hear karate people claiming the rank, too. It seems to be a designation given in addition to DAN ranks. Not sure what HANSHI corellates with, but I think with 8-10 DAN (fact check here, I couldn't find confirmation in the quick check I made online.)