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,