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Old 11-13-2003, 08:18 AM   #9
philipsmith
Dojo: Ren Shin Kan
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Its important to realise that rank and ability are not always directly related.

Sometimes a person may be awarded a higher rank for reasons other than their technical proficiency; for example if they have significantly contributed to the development of an association or are an outstanding teacher.

On the other side some people are "held back" for reasons of attitude or even as a test of charachter.
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