Re: Aikido Frauds
The discussion and John's thesis has evolved quite a bit since my original mention of Nariyama Shihan.
He is also not the only one who I consider justified in self promotion and all are contrary to the idea that self promotion by itself is an indicator of fraud.
Now a 35 year old tenth dan soke grandmaster from where ever is another matter.
By the way Larry - Tomiki K. was awarded 8th Dan by Ueshiba M. in 1942 and took no higher grade. Tomiki K. did award Ohba H. 9th Dan just before he died. I do think that 8th Dan is the highest rank in the JAA today and is appropriate for the Head Instructor of the style. There are a few of Nariyama Shihan's sempai that are 8th Dan.
Last edited by PeterR : 01-10-2005 at 10:45 PM.