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Old 06-25-2004, 09:34 AM   #24
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Re: I have a good question for all your aikidoists

Geoff Flather wrote:
With respect Jun "why are they higher grades, if they are not effective ?" ,,,,,,
There are plenty of people whose physical abilities may have deteriorated through aging or health problems. Some instructors who may have been able to fling pretty much anyone across the mat in their prime may be relegated to sitting on a chair to supervise seminars and such. Would you say that these people should be stripped of their rank?

Also, I think it's a reality in any organization/style that there are people who receive rank not pursuant to their level of physical abilities. This is not to imply any "wrong-doing" or unethical behavior, but just that there are more components being weighed to rank than just someone's physical abilities.

-- Jun

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