Geoff Flather wrote:
I believe when asked, Osensei Ueshiba Morihei stated " Grades above Shodan or 1st Dan were for teaching experience." However as is the usual case, others prefer to believe in their own wisdom
and award grades for other reasons. Unfortunately they still call what they do Aikido.
Thank you for asking.....
By that definition, the number of people doing "real" Aikido is probably rather small... ;-)