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Old 02-27-2005, 05:48 PM   #3
Rupert Atkinson
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Re: Poll: How meaningful are other people's aikido rank to you?

I started out in clubs full of coloured grades but ended up liking Aikikai the best as they all wore white. It just made everyone a little more equal (until yudansha - some are more equal than others), especially on courses - when all wear white you can only go on skill when sussing out new people. It's kinda like taking the mirrors off your motorcycle for awhile - it makes you ten times more aware of what's going on behind.

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