Re: honorary dan ranking
Damn, this thread has made me start to change my opinion on gradings etc. and I really really hate that, especially when I further realise that I'm having to agree with Paul again.
I always considered a rank in aikido to be related to their ability in aikido and, while I can understand Peter's comment regarding changes in testing due to physical/mental competence of the testee, there should be a limit. Not impressed by the idea of honorary shodan+ rank in the slightest, even after reading Daniels eloquent missive (as usual, some people just have no disrespect for language, Daniel, start misspelling things please).
The idea that an honorary rank should try and flex muscle is positively bizarre and sounds like a good reason to forget the peaceful intent inherent in aikido. Oh well, off to vote "I don't do aikido" again...