Re: Poll: How meaningful is your aikido rank to you?
It's funny, my answer would normally be "somewhat meaningful", but I thought about it and that isn't right at the moment.
As a teacher, my rank means more than how good my Aikido is supposed to be. It's also a "warm-fuzzy" for my students. So, my rank is critically meaningful, whether I like it or not.
I expect this is a relative thing, though. Once I have my sandan and I am comfortable that I deserve it, I expect subsequent ranks will not be as important to me.