Re: Poll: Do you think people should receive ranking in aikido for reasons outside of their technical ability?
Here's another thought worth chewing on...
Who do you think O'Sensei would have considered to understand his Aikido better? A very sharp, technically skilled shodan or the Dalai Lama who may have very limited ability to perform the technical skills of Aikido due to age and/or physical constitution? The answer would probably depend on what you feel is the primary purpose of O'Sensei's Aikido (and probably at what point in his life you posed the question). Of course, I realize that the Dalai Lama has likely never trained in Aikido, so it is just a hypothetical question. It does, however, serve to illustrate a point which contrasts sharply the physical versus "other" factors. James.