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Old 02-28-2005, 10:42 AM   #7
Ed OConnor
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Dojo: ACNJ - East Hanover, NJ
Location: Succasunna, NJ
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Re: Poll: How meaningful are other people's aikido rank to you?

Somewhat... rank helps define the sempai - kohai relationship(s).

If a fellow Aikidoka has rank it is far beyond me to judge them based on my evaluation of their technical skill level alone (like I'm a better judge than Sensei, not).

Additionally, this does not consider how hard one has worked to improve themselves and how far they've come along their path. Which I believe to be of equal or greater importance than whether or not I think their Aikido is martially effective.

Who throws whom first or who lines up where in not important to me, but I do wish to give respect for the rank that's been earned in Sensei's eyes. Who am I to do otherwise?

Thanks & Peace,
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