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Old 05-23-2001, 05:53 PM   #3
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One of the guys here got his shodan in two years. He'd done some other martial arts and is otherwise very athletically gifted. He picked things up extremely quickly...

As an aside, as far as dan grades higher than shodan go, our senior student at the dojo where I currently train is a sixth dan after twenty years of practice.

I also know of a woman in the Bay Area who started aikido at, I believe, age 12 or so. She had to wait until she was 16 for her shodan but had her nidan by age 18. She's now in her thirties and is a fifth dan...

-- Jun

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