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Old 03-05-2001, 11:39 AM   #13
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High Ranking Aikidoka

Kami wrote:
KAMI : The highest ranking grade in Aikikai is 9th Dan (the one and only 10th Dan was Koichi Tohei Sensei when he was still a member and Head Instructor of Aikikai Hombu Dojo).... [/b]
According to AikidoFAQ Osawa sensei was given 10th dan after his death in 26.05.91, given post mortem by the Aikikai. Rinjiro Shirata sensei was also given a post mortem 10th Dan. This surprised me. You tend to forget about post mortem promotions.

Minoru Mochizuki 10th dan - given by the International Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) in 1979. There were also several other people who received 10th Dan by IMAF.

I think you can safely say Koichi Tohei Sensei was the only one to receive a 10th Dan certificate from O Sensei.

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