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Old 07-06-2004, 10:13 AM   #25
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Re: The black belt Issue (thoughts)

Hi Tiyler,

My very brief thoughts on this subject that people who refuse to grade due to not wanting to "care" about ranking are as caught up in the ranking system as much as those who just pursue ranking; the person actively avoiding rank, in my mind, places far more importance to them than those who just move up the rankings appropriately.

I personally don't see any reason why one couldn't keep practicing and learning while moving up the ranks. To say otherwise is insulting to all of the rest of the folks in aikido who do just that.

I've put a couple of good articles regarding testing in the articles section of this site:

http://www.aikiweb.com/testing/rock5.html
http://www.aikiweb.com/testing/auge2.html

-- Jun

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